As well as the formal reading programmes at the school we also promote a love of reading though a variety of ways including our exciting reading week that we hold every two years, visits from authors, dress up like a book character for World Book Day, links to websites, links to local libraries. We have recently started to celebrate National Poetry Day where each class learns and performs a poem to the school.
Each child is given a library code and has the opportunity every week to visit Roxeth’s well stocked school library to choose books both fiction and non-fiction. The governing body supported the status of reading in Roxeth by appointing a dedicated librarian who is extremely knowledgeable about children's literature.
We work with parents, the child’s first educator, to support reading. When safe to do so we also run parent workshops in phonics and reading to support parents when reading with their child at home.
Every child from Reception to Year 6 has an individual reading book, chosen from our levelled reading scheme (consisting of books from Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Collins Big Cat), which they take home to read aloud to an adult. Children also read these books to their teacher and teaching assistant, ensuring that their reading is being supported and challenged. Individual reading books are changed daily in Key Stage 1, and further up in the school, the longer books are changed as soon as they are finished. A dialogue between parents and teachers is fostered through the use of reading record, which both parents and teachers sign when reading with children. From 2013 we have also funded from Pupil Premium grant dedicated teaching assistants to support pupil premium children in reading on a daily basis in KS1 and KS2.
Guided reading sessions also take place across the school, allowing children to read in peer groups, guided by an adult. Key stage 2 classes also explore class readers linked to their literacy topics, for example Stone Age Boy, Spiderwick, Street Child and Letters from the Lighthouse. We have a library stocked with a wide range of genres and texts, and classes visit the library every week to change their books.