At Bridge, children have many opportunities to develop their word reading and comprehension skills. As well as our Wordsmith scheme of work - which is delivered through good quality texts written by award winning authors – children develop their reading skills through an individual reading book, whole class readers, Bookshare, our school library and, where necessary, phonics intervention.
Every child at Bridge has a reading book from our Collins Big Cat reading scheme. The scheme offers a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts including poetry and play scripts. The books are colour banded and each book comes with a useful bookmark which highlights what good readers should be doing at each level. An adult listens to each child read their book once a week in school (for some this is more frequent) and children are encouraged to take their reading book to share with someone at home.
Click on the following link to watch short film clips about how you can help your child develop reading skills at home. All the clips are filmed in Leicester.
Bookshare takes place once a week for 40 minutes. Children are placed into groups of 4-6 according to their reading ability. During a Bookshare session, children will take it in turns to read aloud from a carefully selected text. We have developed a large collection of sets of books and children read these whole texts over a few weeks. The adult will facilitate high-quality discussion, focussing in particular on vocabulary development.
Every class teacher at Bridge has a book ‘on the go’. Whole class sets have been built up and allocated to each year group. Through listening to their teacher read, children have access to texts that they may not be able to tackle independently. Children are encouraged to follow the text with their own copy and contribute to discussions, offer predictions and express opinions. As can be seen from the table below, during their four years at Bridge, children will have access to a wide range of high quality texts. It is hoped that, through access to these texts, children will develop a love of reading and broaden their vocabulary.
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really BIG Adventure
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
The Magic Faraway Tree
You’re a Bad Man Mr Gum
Billy the Kid
The Iron Man
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog
James and the Giant Peach
The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World
A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Midnight Fox
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
The Suitcase Kid
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom
An Elephant in the Garden
The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler
Those children who struggle to decode will be offered a rigorous and systematic phonics programme so that they can catch up with their peers. The school currently has 30 licences for Lexia UK. This is an online phonics-based reading programme which adjusts to the needs of the child. Children who are part of this project spend 15 minutes four days a week using the online resource.
Our School Library
In September 2015, we were fortunate enough to receive a grant of £5,000 from The Foyle Foundation in London towards a school library. Details of the work of the Foyle Foundation can be found here: http://www.foylefoundation.org.uk/
Using the money we received, plus money from the school’s own budget, we established a library which currently has over 1,000 resources in. We stock a range of children’s fiction by popular authors such as David Walliams, Francesca Simon and Jaquline Wilson, as well as a range of non-fiction, picture books, graphic novels and poetry and joke books.
As well as books, we invested in new shelving and Junior Librarian. Junior Librarian allows us to keep track of books as each one is scanned in and out. Children are able to access the Junior Librarian Reading Cloud at home where they can reserve books, write reviews and find out what to read next.
The Reading Cloud is accessed using the following link: https://www.readingcloud.net/