Reading at Keresley Grange Academy
Reading is at the heart of the curriculum at Keresley Grange. It forms a key part of all learning experiences with a focus on extending children's language. Children are provided with a wide range of reading opportunities, encouraging a love of reading that will stay with them throughout their lives. We want all children to form positive reading habits and become experienced readers before they move on to the next stage of their education. Our aim is for all children to see themselves as readers; who are discerning about what they like; who are adventurous in their choice of reading material and who are motivated to read widely and constantly. Our practice in school is constantly evolving as we search for the way to ensure we give the greatest number of children the best chance possible of developing these habits.
At Keresley Grange you can almost feel the buzz about books. All children from Reception to Year 6 are actively involved in our Accelerated Reader programme, which hooks them in to reading and leads them on a quest for their next best read.
Accelerated Reader challenges our children and encourages them to extend their reading experience. Once they have read a book, the children take a quiz on it. A result of 85% or more in that quiz means the words are added to their word count. The children try to beat their monthly target, which takes them closer to their millionaire reader reward.
The star reading assessment informs our children (and their teacher) of the number and colour of their reading level. Our librarians are available daily to support the children, as they choose their books from our busy school library.
Here are just a few of our Accelerated Reader challenge boards:
New this year...Book Talk!
This year we have introduced a new approach to the teaching of reading across school. We have aligned our teaching of reading with the teaching of writing using Jane Considine's 'Hooked on Books' approach.
Children take part in regular Book Talk sessions where they read aloud with a group of their peers using different reading organisations. Children use the 'Reading Rainbow' to read and respond to texts through different lenses within 3 different zones of reading: The Fantastics, The Stylistics and The Analytics. Book Talk is key to developing oracy skills. Children collaborate in groups using sentence stems and high utility words to develop a Book Talk response, scoring up to 4 points for every response they articulate correctly.