At Uplands we aim to provide the children with a curriculum which is broad, well balanced, stimulating and exciting. We wish to develop a passion and instil a lifetime love of reading. Reading is a fundamental skill that crosses over many subjects. Reading is prioritised to allow pupils to access the full curriculum.
We encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction, non-fiction and poetry books to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in. We want them to establish an appreciation and love of reading to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. By the end of the Key Stage it is our intention that children enjoy reading, read fluently and are able to confidently discuss the texts they read. Books are chosen to develop vocabulary, language comprehension and the enjoyment of reading.
We have a banded reading scheme so that children choose books appropriate for their ability. There are a range of books available. We don’t follow one particular scheme but have books from various publishers such as Oxford and Collins. When they reach a reading age of 9 ½ children can read books from our book corners, our library and from home as their reading book. The range of books available includes many by well-known and popular authors. With the consultation of the children, these are updated regularly. The children have opportunities to read their books individually to their teachers and teaching assistants. Once completed the children do a reading journal activity based on our Gems. (Domains)
Book Talk occurs 4 times per week where the children practice their reading and their skills. The children through a positive, inclusive and caring environment talk competently about the books using a range of Gems. (Domains) Comprehension lessons occur once a week where again reading skills are taught. These reading skills are also further developed and encouraged across all the curriculum. Children are also taught the natural link between reading widely and producing stimulating writing.
As well as our day to day reading assessments, through-out the year children take part in a variety of reading tests. They complete NGRT11 reading tests and Headstart tests. This process helps teachers target specific areas of reading. Reading fluency across the school also makes the teachers aware of children’s reading speed. We also deliver various reading interventions across school to strengthen children’s learning. As a junior school, we target children who still need to develop their phonic knowledge when they join ensuring gaps are addressed.
A range of curriculum enhancements in reading also occurs. This includes Mocha Monday, Starbooks Award, World Book Day, Authors in school, Roving Book Fairs, development of reading corners, use of our school library (children can borrow books), Reading Cloud and much more.