Reading Strategies at The Oaks

“The more that you read, the more places you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

At The Oaks, we are passionate about reading and enthusiastically spreading a love of and enjoyment of reading and books.

Children at The Oaks participate in regular whole class interactive shared reading sessions focused on enhancing pupil enjoyment of reading and deepening pupil understanding. The school have created their own unique approach to shared reading with agreed expectations. In the reading sessions the teacher does the reading and uses skilful questioning to employ and develop pupil comprehension. During shared reading pupils are involved in lots of discussion and book talk linked to quality chosen texts.

In addition, pupils participate in weekly guided reading sessions whereby they work in a small group with a teacher to read and explore a group text. These sessions focus on developing pupil fluency and comprehension, including their literal and inferential understanding as well as their questioning skills.

Some pupils also receive 1:1 reading using a Better Reading approach – children read 3 texts (sections or extracts of larger texts) within a session. The 1:1 sessions focus on building pupil confidence in their own ability as a reader, increasing fluency and developing comprehension.

Pupils in KS1 also participate in daily phonics sessions focused on word recognition – more information can be found on our phonics page.

Children take home 2 reading books – 1 book to match their reading level or age and one book chosen for pleasure.

To support all of the reading in school and to ensure pupils become fluent efficient readers, the school have created its own set of reading strategies. Take a look at the document to help support your child with reading at home – the link to the document is at the top of this page.

Happy reading! Look out for our next Extreme reading challenge!

Don’t forget to encourage your child to read as much as possible and achieve their 50 or 100 reads!