At Bellfield Primary School, we aim to create a love of reading across our whole school community. We firmly believe that developing a love of reading is not only beneficial for our children throughout their school years but also throughout their life.
We understand how important early reading is here at Bellfield and, as such, we use, ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised’. This is a complete systematic, synthetic phonics programme which ensures high quality teaching, resources and assessments which promotes early reading and aids us in continuing to grow a love of reading amongst our children.
Across our school week, our younger children are taught phonics five mornings per week. An additional phonics session is taught 4 afternoons per week for intervention purposes.
In addition, our children from Year 1 onwards take part in whole class guided reading five days per week. This consists of a class text, which all of our children are exposed to, and the development of a range of comprehension skills which aids the understanding of the texts our children are reading.
We understand how important reading is here at Bellfield and that it does not only have a place during our guided reading and phonics sessions. Over the 2020/2021 academic year, we have created a purposeful and meaningful reading curriculum which encourages our children to not only read to learn but to read for pleasure.
At the end of our school day on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, our whole school takes part in our class reading for pleasure books. As well as this, we have created bespoke reading areas and sheds across our school and on our playground for our children; a place where they can choose a book and relax and enjoy their reading.
We know how important it is for our families to help support our children in their reading journeys and we encourage all of our children to read at home a minimum of four times per week. Our children have reading books which are sent home which are matched to their reading abilities and reading records which are monitored by staff within the classroom. Furthermore, from the 2021/2022 academic year, we are introducing our ‘Terrific Texts’ reading passports. Children are given a selection of texts which they can choose to read in addition to their home reading books.
We feel to create a sense of reading for pleasure across our community, we would love for the families of our children to be included aswell! Community Book Swap Shop boxes will be placed around our school grounds housing books which our parents and carers can choose from. Our aim is, if our children see all of our school community reading, this will help them see the amazing benefits which can be reaped!