Reading at Prince Rock
The aim of the Learning Academy Trust Curriculum is to develop articulate speakers, inspired writers and avid readers who can apply their knowledge of English to communicate effectively in an ever-changing world. The basis of our Curriculum is to create a sense of purpose and audience through Writing and Reading with Oracy at its heart. There is a clear vision that English should be a key subject within the curriculum along side the LAT ‘We Wills…’ to ensure that all of our children have the opportunity to explore and research, challenge and present their learning in a variety of ways. A sense of rigour and clear structure means that the national curriculum is the minimum expectation for all our schools. Giving new experiences, as well as the development and exposure to a wide range of texts, were considered when creating a curriculum which could build on prior learning and embed key skills. The principles of reading: phonological awareness, decoding, sight recognition, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency will facilitate our children’s reading journey as they progress through our schools.
Due to COVID-19, we have made alterations to the normal cycle of whole class reading units for autumn 1. Traditionally, we would complete a cycle of non-fiction, fiction and poetry. However, in order to support the teaching of writing, we are covering genres which link to our text type. More information and examples about this can be found in our Reading Journey. Additional information can also be found in the Reading Journey and Phonics and Early Reading Policy about phonics, guided reading, Reading Recovery and FFT etc...
From the earliest ages, reading is much more than decoding. From the start, reading is also accessing and further acquiring language knowledge and domain knowledge. This means that instruction and practice in fluency of decoding need to be accompanied by instruction and practice in vocabulary and domain knowledge. If we want to raise later achievement …, we need to combine early instruction in the procedures of literacy with early instruction in the content of literacy, specifically: vocabulary, conventions of language, and knowledge of the world.’
E. D. Hirsch, Jr. (2003)
The aim of this reading spine is to provide an extensive list of books which staff can apply to their own long-term plans. These are books to use as class reads, study books for writing and whole class reading, recommendations for reading corners or for extracts (taken from them to look at in greater detail). The intention is that by the time they reach year 6 and beyond, they have developed a wide, rich vocabulary and broader knowledge of the world and, as a result, are able to access the more complex books expected of them in secondary schools. It should be noted that book and text selection in school not only considers narratives and poems but also recognises that a good balance of topic-appropriate non-fiction should also be read to help further develop children’s background knowledge of the subject they are studying.
The books have been selected to consider three areas: learning to read, access to high quality texts to enable access for all (during WCR and class reads) and to promote reading for pleasure and experiential and language development through information texts.
Learning to Read
These are books which are particularly supportive for children who are learning to read. Books are included here because they help children to behave like readers. They may be:
- memorable texts that feature repetition and encourage predictions
- texts within which rhythm and rhyme are important
- texts that allow children to practice and apply their phonic knowledge
- books with strong story shapes and structures
- texts which positively reflect children's interests and backgrounds
- books with supportive illustrations
- books that draw attention to written language and to the way books work
Literature Collection – High Quality Texts for All
These are books which will form the basis of a literature curriculum and the collection has been designed to introduce children to a growing range of texts. Whilst some children in the class may not be able to read all the books independently, an important function of the collection is to give them access to a wider range of titles, authors and genres that they might not otherwise meet. For more experienced readers, this collection offers an increasingly challenging range of material for individual or group reading. Books in this collection are likely to be:
- texts that are multi-layered - capable of being read at different levels
- books that deal with important themes
- books in which language is used in lively, inventive ways
- books by skilful and experienced children's writers and illustrators
- traditional and contemporary 'classics' of children's literature
- stories with different cultural settings
- texts that promote discussion and reflection
The reading for pleasure fiction collection was developed from Doug Lemov’s work ‘Reading Reconsidered’. In his book, Doug Lemov points out that there are five types of texts that children should have access to in order to successfully navigate reading with confidence. These are complex beyond a lexical level and demand more from the reader than other types of books. The selection in each age group aims to guide children (and staff supporting text selection) in ensuring children read books from these ‘5 plagues of reading’: Archaic, Non-linear, Narratively complex, Symbolic/figurative and resistant. Some of these texts are also woven into the curriculum spine as class reads or whole class reading texts (as chapters, extracts, precis) to introduce the children to a wide range of story types.
These are high-quality information texts which are interesting and enjoyable. All the information books promote how the text and pictures can work together to provide comprehensive information and an enjoyable reading experience whilst broadening knowledge, vocabulary and experience of the world.
These texts have been selected through recommendations: National Literacy Trust, CLPE, The Book Trust as well as consideration for areas of learning covered in the curriculum (geography, science, and history, RE etc…) to encourage wider reading.
Within this document, there are 4 reading spines. Each one is used in a different way to support and develop a love of reading at Prince Rock.
Author Study Spine
This spine contains a variety of high-quality books which staff will read and share with their class. This will be completed a minimum of three times a week.
This spine has a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts which have been sourced to compliment writing genres. We recommend using these to support the teaching of writing units and whole class reading lessons. You can use other high-quality books if you would like to.
Reading for Pleasure Spine
We would like all children to develop a love of reading and understand which books they enjoy and why that may be. There is a reading for pleasure spine for Y1 & Y2, Y3 & Y4 and Y5 & Y6. Within each spine there are 100 books which aim to provide depth and breadth to the children’s reading. Please click on each book title to be taken to www.booktrust.org.uk or www.lovereading4kids.co.uk to find out more information about each book and guide the children with their choices.
We have created two non-fiction spines to support the development of background knowledge and provide additional reading for those children who enjoy non-fiction texts. There is one spine for KS1 and one for KS2. There are 15 recommendations for each of the following subjects: science, history, geography, RE and PSHE. These books will support the teaching of specific subject areas, whole class reading, or they could be accessed independently by the children.