Yeo Moor Primary School

Yeo Moor Primary School

The Yeo Moor reading curriculum is intended to create readers who are fluent, can make meaning and enjoy reading for pleasure.  We see reading as a journey in which children will develop the ability to read fluently with speed, accuracy and prosody; build mental models while they read; express opinions and make choices about their reading; and use books to develop their understanding of the world.  

Rationale:

Our reading curriculum is the key stone to all learning at Yeo Moor.   By equipping our children with the strategies to read well, we are providing a gateway to knowledge and understanding of our world and their place within it.    Research tells us that children’s life opportunities are vastly improved if they can read well and successful readers will do better academically in all subjects, not just English.   Reading will also help our children’s well-being by developing their emotional health and intelligence. 

Learning Strands:

The reading curriculum at Yeo Moor contains three key strands. These are outlined below:

Fluency

Fluency is the ability to read a text accurately, quickly, and with expression. Reading fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and comprehension.  When fluent readers read silently, they recognise words automatically. They group words quickly to help them gain meaning from what they read. Fluent readers read aloud effortlessly and with expression. Their reading sounds natural, as if they are speaking.  Our aim is for all readers to be fluent by the end of KS1.  

Making Meaning

Making meaning or comprehension is the reason for reading. If readers can read the words but do not understand or connect to what they are reading, they are not really reading. Good readers are both purposeful and active, and have the skills to absorb what they read, analyse it, make sense of it, and make it their own.  Strong readers think actively as they read. They use their experiences and knowledge of the world, vocabulary, language structure, and reading strategies to make sense of the text and know how to get the most out of it. They know when they have problems with understanding and what thinking strategies to use to resolve these problems when they pop up.

Reading for Pleasure

Once children become fluent and can make meaning, they can develop their reading interests.  Creating opportunities to choose books and develop opinions on their reading is an essential part of reading pedagogy.  All classrooms will promote a love of reading and teachers will use their knowledge of children’s literature to guide and support reading choices. 

End Points:

As a reader leaving Yeo Moor, every child will be able to:

Phonics Teaching and Reading:

Daily, 30 minute, phonics lessons take place in EYFS and Year 1. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme. As soon as the children are able to blend sounds together to read whole words they apply their new knowledge and skills in weekly guided reading sessions using entirely decodable texts. They also begin to take home books from our banded reading scheme. The majority of our take home readers are from Collins Big Cat and Pearson Bug Club. These books are fully decodable and aligned with Letters and Sounds so when reading at home the children will be familiar with all the letters and the sounds they make. Reading at home is monitored and there is the expectation is that children read at least five times per week.  In Year 2 there is a daily 30 minute reading lesson that consolidates phonics, develops fluency and teaches comprehension skills. 

Our core offer:

Every Yeo Moor child will share high quality texts with the class teacher.  Here is our current selection: