At Ordsall Primary School we have a strong reading culture. Reading plays a vital role in developing a range of core skills in each of our children, from reading itself, to understanding texts and English Language and Literature so that they can apply it into their writing. Reading also develops their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. Every child has a daily English Lesson which includes spoken language, reading, writing, spelling and grammar and handwriting. The milestones that we are aiming to achieve can be seen by looking through our long term reading plan.
In our English lessons we connect our children's learning by reading for both purpose and pleasure through our contextualised plans. Through these areas of study the children connect their learning across different subjects through a novel study approach and by finding out about what they are studying, using reading and speaking and listening as the core skills. Through this approach literature becomes a stimulus for learning.
Reading at Ordsall is delivered in a structured way to facilitate the growth of imagination and develop cognitive advancement. It allows children to access and exploration of characters, themes, settings, chronology, content and context which allows them to reflect on bigger questions about their own hopes, fears and fantasies and those of others.
At Ordsall Primary School it is our ambition that all our children make good progress in their reading. We aim to ensure that our reading books support our children to practise the sounds that they have learned and support them to increase their reading fluency. To build everyone's understanding of this we have developed our Progression in Reading Guidance. Through developing this guidance our emphasis is not on how fast our children will progress through it but how well they understand what they read, how well it is embedded and the key skills they acquire at each level. In this way there is a sharp focus on ensuring that younger children gain phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read, and the skills to communicate, giving them the foundations for future learning.
100 fiction books to read before your child
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Reading at home
There are plenty of resources available to help you help your child to read. You may find the following links useful…
Read Write Inc – Information for parents
A series of information and tutorial videos explaining the basics of Read Write Inc. Phonics. If your child is learning to read with our programme, these videos will help you support them at home.
Libraries are far more dynamic than they used to be. Visit Retford Library at 16 Churchgate, Retford and discover what it has to offer.
There are 250 free eBooks for you to share with your child as well as simple ideas, top tips, activities and games to help your child with their reading at home.