At West Hill Primary School learning to read is a top priority. We are dedicated to ensuring pupils become fluent, confident, independent, readers.
Our aim is to enable all pupils to reach their full reading potential. We recognise that children join West Hill School at very different reading stages and our approach is designed to foster a love of reading through sharing stories and poems and building in the skills of phonics, decoding, fluency and comprehension.
A school culture of reading for pleasure is created through providing classroom book corners, reading assemblies, reading bookmark sticker collection, regular author and illustrator visits, a school library, the book swap hut, Learn2Love2Read volunteers and building a home library with regular book donations to families.
The books available in school reflect our diverse community and their wide range of interests. We continue to develop the resources available to ensure that they represent our multicultural and inclusive school. In addition to the class books which are read together and used as inspiration for our writing, we read non-fiction books to support learning in History, Geography and Science.
In all year groups the children work with a range of texts to ensure breadth and stimulate interest in ‘learning to read’ and ‘reading to learn’. Opportunities are continually sought to support children’s reading skills and comprehension, and we teach them to develop a love of reading. Children are exposed to a variety of reading genres which enables them to develop their comprehension, make links between books and develop a deeper understanding and knowledge of the world.
To extend and increase opportunities for children to practise and develop their skills class timetables include:
Texts available to pupils in the school are a mixture of colour banded books and ‘real’ books. Children in Year 2 and Year 3 are assessed using the benchmarking system to ensure that we can continue to measure their progress as they move away from RWI and set targets for the next steps in their reading development. The benchmarking system focuses on the pupils: ability to decode, fluency and phrasing, summarising key aspects and being able to show increased comprehension by literal, inferential and response questioning.
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