Developing reading throughout the academy

The study of English promotes reading as a way of acquiring knowledge and as a way of exploring the world in different ways which enriches pupils’ understanding. A major focus of our English curriculum is to encourage the habit and enjoyment of reading – whether this is to explore new fictional worlds and characters, to engage with unfamiliar experiences through literature, to learn about our literary heritage, or to gain information from a variety of sources. Pupils will be immersed in a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry throughout their primary journey. Reading is prioritised to allow access to the full curriculum offer, as it is our belief that reading is a necessity for pupils as it lays the foundations for many of the skills they will explore on their academic journey.

In order to teach pupils to develop their reading fluency and comprehension skills further, we believe it is vital that pupils experience high quality modelling from adults in school. They are given support where appropriate and the opportunity for independent practice of skills. As a class, the areas of development are identified and focused intervention takes place during the lesson.

Across the academic year, all classes will cover the content domains as set out in the national curriculum. The aim of each session is to tackle questions in detail, with reference to explicit strategies for each area of focus. The majority of pupils will access the same text, with support provided by the adults in the room. This text must be age-appropriate, but could also be an example of cross-curricular reading (either fiction, non-fiction or poetry).

Accelerated Reader

Accelerated Reader is a computer-based reading programme which quizzes pupils on the books they have read in order to recommend new books appropriate to their ability and reading age. This is used in Years 2-6 with books from a variety of genres across fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

These Accelerated Reader books will be taken home as a home reader. The Outwood Primary Academies have agreed that home reading will be recorded in homework planners by an adult three times a week. Teachers will check these planners regularly, ensuring pupils are reading at home to consolidate and embed the skills learnt in school, including the development of reading fluency.

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

—Malala Yousafzai

“The more you read, the better you’re going to become as a storyteller.”

—Stan Lee, Marvel Comics

Daily Virtual Lessons for Children from Monday 23rd March

As of Monday 23rd March Ruth Miskin is scheduling Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.

They will release three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. The films will be uploaded at the times below:

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am

They will be available for 24 hours until the next film is uploaded.

They are also releasing a film of a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available on YouTube to watch again and again.

A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!

Films for parents

Films for parents to help their child learn to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics are available on our website and YouTube channel. The YouTube channel will have a quick face-lift to help parents find the films easily. We’re adding a parent film to Facebook every day too.

Use the links below for access to the facebook page and youtube channel: