At Highlees, we want our children to become lifelong readers. We place reading and books at the centre of our curriculum. We recognise the important of developing children’s discrete word reading skills and comprehension, and the need to encourage their love of books and reading.
At Highlees, our children begin their reading journey on our banded book selection. These books are grouped according to their phonics phase; assuring children can access the text and developing their decoding skills. As children develop their fluency, they move onto our KS2 banded book scheme where they become independent readers. We are dedicated to reading 1-1 with a child weekly.
Each classroom has a dedicated reading area, which includes a variety of class books (Fiction and non-Fiction) which the children can choose and read for pleasure. Around school, there are a number of themed 'Reading Nooks' that are designed to encourage children to 'curl up with a book' during break and lunchtimes. Children are read to by their teacher on a daily basis during ‘Class Book’ time.
Whole Class Reading is used to teach the reading skills from the National Curriculum, word-reading and comprehension are taught using a variety of texts as well as developing a love of reading. Over the year, children will get to encounter a wide range of genres – fiction, non-fiction and poetry.