Reading unpins all that we do here at Blacklow Brow so much so we received the Gold Liverpool Quality mark. From the first week in Nursery children are encouraged to become early readers at home with parents and carers by giving them a reading book. Teachers, teaching assistants, student reading ambassadors and volunteers listen to children read individually on a one to one basis regularly. This provides children with valuable one to one time, support and guidance. In addition to this, each day we have timetabled dedicated time for our staff to read a novel to the children.
At Blacklow Brow School we have adopted a very structured approach to reading in classes from Year 1 to Year 6. Shared Reading is used to develop reading skills and extend understanding of the text the children have read. We teach reading through whole class discussion. This helps to develop a range of reading skills including predictions, retrieval, visualisation, clarifying, inference, summarising, understanding of vocabulary and questioning.
During the school year children will be exposed to at least 6 Shared Reading text, 6 high quality English within their core English lesson and a range of book that will be read to them during the daily ‘Love of Reading’ session.
Each child will receive an appropriate reading-age text to take home and should be encouraged to read at least 10 minutes every night.
Children are also able to choose their own books from a wide range in our class libraries and from our Reading for pleasure area in school. As soon as children are assessed as competent readers and that they have a secure understanding of what they have read, they have more freedom to choose their own titles from the books we have in school.
Reading for pleasure, means any reading that is primarily for enjoyment. This includes, books, magazines, comics, poems, picture books, newspapers, fiction and non fiction. Research has shown that reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, improved wellbeing and an increased insight into the world view of others. At Blacklow Brow, we know that young children who enjoy reading independently, will have had the door opened to new discoveries and wide interests, to knowledge creativity and confidence. We believe Reading for Pleasure is of the utmost importance and it is something that we promote in many different ways throughout our school. To support this we are currently investing in our outdoor reading garden where children and parents can read before and after school as well a break and lunch. Once complete the staff will also have story telling time timetabled in for them.
Reading lessons take part during our timetabled English time that happens every morning. Children have 1 full lesson each day where they explore their class reader. Year 4 are currently reading ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ by Shirley Hughes. The class have time to unpick the novel to really understand the authors meaning and purpose. All children access a text that is vocabulary rich and that is appropriate for their year group. In keystage 1 pupils also access texts that are matched to their phonetic ability.