At Long Sutton Primary School we believe that it is important to help children develop a life-long love of reading. It is also essential that they develop good comprehension skills in reading, enabling them to develop their learning in other areas of the curriculum and extend their knowledge and understanding of the English language.
Children of all ages are able to choose their own books within a range to encourage independence and enable them to find what they enjoy. Staff will always guide children in these choices if needed. We want to encourage children to enjoy reading and read what inspires them whether these are school books, those from home or a library, fiction or non-fiction. In children in KS2 are able to use Accelerated Reader (see below), which can be a great motivator to many of them but we understand that this system is not right for all children all of the time and are flexible in its use.
We are also very keen that children hear stories read aloud to them both at school and at home.
Children will have a taught Guided Reading session once a week with their teacher. On each of the other days they will have at least 20 minutes sustained, quiet, independent reading time. The younger children will read individually to an adult at least once a week. Children will also be taught reading strategies through English lessons and will have many opportunities to practise their skills across the whole curriculum.
The school expects that all children will read daily. It is essential that the younger children read to an adult for a sustained period and that the older children read for at least 20 minutes at a time either to themselves or to an adult. Research proves that reading for less than 20 minutes does not help improve reading, so we ask that children do have this block of daily reading time. We would also encourage you to read books (other than their reading book) to your child as often as possible.
Many of our KS2 children use Accelerated Reader to support their reading.
What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?
AR is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set targets and direct on-going reading practice.