Reading at Walford Primary School
We aim to foster in all of our children a love of books so that they become readers for life. Children are taught to read by a variety of methods including phonics, learning key words and using meaning. Their progress is carefully monitored and a wide range of books (fiction and non-fiction) make up our guided and individual reading schemes. We follow the Read, Write, Inclusive and Literacy and Language programmes which include a rich range of texts.
At Walford Primary School, we aim:
At Walford Primary School, we value guided reading as a means of improving reading skills, comprehension skills and group discussion. All children read as part of a group, usually outside of English lessons. The questions that adults ask during guided reading cover the range of Assessment Foci (AF) during the course of several sessions. Children are given the opportunity to discuss these questions as part of the guided reading group.
We are very lucky to have a well-resourced and efficiently run library at Walford Primary School. The borrowing section of our library is run by Librarians in Year 6. We also have an extensive reference section which children can use for independent research during or outside lesson time. Our librarians help children to select books and assist in fostering a love of books across the school.
We are excited to introduce Accelerated Reader, a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice.
Children in Key Stage Two select a book at their own level and read it at their own pace. When finished, children take a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that children understand what was read. Accelerated Reader gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help set targets and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using Accelerated Reader choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Teachers help children to choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that children can pass the quiz and experience success.