At Hillside we have developed a reading culture throughout the school. We are proud of our beautiful library. Each classroom includes a welcoming book area, a print rich environment, and attractive book displays promoting the written word at every opportunity.
Guided reading plays an important part in our whole school approach to teaching reading. During these sessions children are taught a wide range of reading skills in ability groups, which they can practice when they are individually reading at home and in school.
We work closely with parents/carers to teach reading this involves:
- A beginning of the year reading meeting in Reception and Year 1 to explain how we teach reading in school and to try and ensure the continuity and quality of phonics and reading methods at home.
- Shared use of home school reading records throughout the school to communicate progress and next learning steps.
We formally report progress two times per year in parent consultation evening and send home an end of year written report in the summer. Parents however are encouraged to see their child’s teacher throughout the year if there are any worries.
Children are tracked and their progress monitored. For children not making the required amount of progress there are a number of interventions including Sounds Discovery which reinforces phonic knowledge, Fresh Start which supports children’s comprehension skills and Code X an exciting adventure series which helps children to revisit phonics knowledge and build key reading and comprehension skills.
Our children have access to a wide variety of individual reading books which are book banded according to the level of difficulty. We use a number of different reading schemes to help support the teaching of reading. These include:
- Oxford Reading Tree
- Project X
- Collins Big Cat
- Pearson Bug Club
We are very proud of our new library, which each class visits at least once a week. We hope it further develops the children’s’ love of books and reading.