Reading Intent at Castleton
At Castleton Primary School, we aim to foster a life-long love of books and reading habit and therefore clear emphasis is placed on reading across the school day. We aim for our children to become fluent and confident readers and leave our school ready for the challenge of the next stage in their education.
In Early Years and Key Stage, children read regularly, both in a group and individually. Children are taught a range of strategies, including applying their phonics skills, learning high frequency words through sight recognition and discussion through picture books. Quality texts are carefully selected and read regularly with the whole class in story times and Literacy Lessons, to model reading behaviours and ensure they encounter a wide range of texts and genres.
In Key Stage Two, children continue to read regularly with an adult, either individually or as part of a pair. Children are taught higher-level reading skills through a weekly Reading “Vipers” Lesson which focuses on Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summarising. Age-appropriate texts are selected by the teacher who devises a range of questions to deepen children’s understanding of the text. The teacher reads a class novel each day to help children develop and foster a love of stories and reading. This introduces them to a wider range of more challenging texts, in both vocabulary and themes, to encourage them to read more widely in their own time.
Please find our reading policy below: