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Reading at Granton Primary School


Granton Primary School has developed a comprehensive approach to Reading as a vital component of the teaching of English.


In the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) whole-class read-aloud shared reading sessions take place daily for 10 minutes at the end of each day. This will be a class novel that is chosen stretch children’s imagination and capabilities. This enables the teacher to consistently model reading aloud as well as to link the class novel to whole school curriculum themes.


HOT (Higher Order Thinking) questions form part of the teachers’ planning throughout the school. These enable students to extend their thinking and understanding, through activities such as hot-seating, re-telling, discussing illustrations and general book talk.


Power of Reading (PoR): Granton accesses and implements this nationally recognised scheme which engages children in the literacy curriculum through using high quality books and proven teaching approaches (see more information on Teachers use the ideas from the Power of Reading suggestions and adapt them to suit their class’s needs and abilities. Teachers match the texts to appropriate topics to enrich our curriculum.


Class Reading in KS1: As a whole class, the children in KS1 are taught skills and techniques based on reading objectives from the National Curriculum. The children then complete differentiated reading activities based on the taught session. Others have personalized reading time with an adult, based on specific reading needs.


Class Reading in KS2: As children progress through the school, they will receive targeted teaching of reading skills in differentiated groups with texts or text extracts appropriate for their abilities. These sessions will be focused on development of comprehension including the ability to use inference and deduction (reading between the lines).


Reading corners: these are in every classroom and reflect termly “themed” topics of learning. Reading corners are inviting and encourage children to enjoy and take pride in their reading area. Children are encouraged to take ownership of their book corner by choosing how they want it to look, and by taking responsibility for the books.


1:1 Reading: Each child in the Early Years and KS2 must be heard read at least once a week by the Class teacher or supporting TA. In KS1 our children are heard read twice a week by the class teacher and the classroom TA. Reading is noted in the Home School Diaries, and parents are requested to listen to their child read as often as possible, and to sign and make comments when they have done so. Children are rewarded with stickers and house points when they can evidence that they have read to an adult at home.


Reading Targets: Every child in KS1 and KS2 has on-going individual reading targets. The child must confidently and independently achieve these targets before the teacher or TA can initial it and date it. After three successful attempts, the child receives a ‘well done’ sticker and a new target sticker to be stuck in their Home School Diary. This is then their new reading focus.


Bookbands: Granton has a selection of “Bookbanded” texts which enable the learner reader to progress at a suitable rate, matched to ability. The pre-banded texts are taken from a variety of publishers, and reflect increases in reading age in 6 monthly intervals. The child’s progress is reviewed regularly by class teachers and with an assessment tool “PM Benchmark Kit” published by Nelson. Children are encouraged to read other texts according to personal preference choosing from the class selection of books, or from the Library.


Read Write Inc: This is a Wave 2 intervention programme which is designed for either 1-1 or small group teaching. Children enjoy using the Story books, which present high frequency words and spelling patterns in a graduated manner. Read Write ties in with Phonics in approach. The Writing books which accompany the Story books, allow the student a chance to practice their phonic knowledge as well as their cursive handwriting.