Guided and shared reading
Guided Reading is where the teacher works with the children to model fluent, expressive reading, the use of effective reading strategies and to encourage response to texts. It can be a vehicle for both teaching children to read (decode) and for teaching children about reading, including comprehension.
Guided Reading enables children to access and enjoy rich, authentic texts which are slightly beyond their independent reading level. Sessions are generally planned in a sequence and involve re-reading for different purposes, with children using their developing skills and understanding as they become more familiar with the text. Children are explicitly taught the skills that they need to be successful readers such as inference, prediction and summarising. This is done through a range of activities, including answering different types of questions, writing tasks, discussion and drama.
Each class has a ‘book of the week’ which they use as a foundation for their English teaching. Sharing texts during Whole Class Reading Lessons creates excitement around stories and other text types and develops the children’s comprehension skills.
Resources used for Shared Reading include fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts. The text is enlarged to enable all children to see as well as to hear the text. This may be through the use of books, ICT texts or interactive white boards (IWB).
The classroom environment
Each classroom has a dedicated reading area (library) which includes a variety of class books (Fiction and non-Fiction) which the children can choose and read for pleasure. These appeal to different genders and also reluctant readers.
Pupils read through a set of banded books from our whole school reading scheme ‘Bug Club’. Each colour in the book band is a different level. We provide a diet and range of books at different levels within a book band. The pupils know which book band they are working at and recognise the book band that they are working towards. Every child in the school has a Bug Club log in and books are allocated to children based on their reading ability/phonics knowledge. Through Big Club, children are able to read and answer questions related to the text. These are then monitored by the class teacher.
Useful Free Phonics Websites
Please talk to your child’s class teacher to find out which phonics phase your child is being taught so that you know which games are appropriate.