At Mitchell Brook, we are readers and we endeavour for every child to succeed in Reading. We are proud to offer a text rich curriculum by exposing children to a wide variety of ambitious, diverse texts that develop their life-long love for reading, strengthening their positive sense of identity. Reading at our school enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know as we offer a rigorous, sequential approach to the reading curriculum which develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading
At Mitchell Brook, we use the Read Write Inc. (RWI) Phonics systematic phonics programme for all children in Reception, Year One and Year Two who are learning to read.
Focused reading groups take place in addition to English lessons throughout Key Stage 1. Teachers work with a focused group each day to improve the quality of reading and comprehension ensuring that each group is given at least one teacher or teaching assistant directed session per week. Groups who are working independently are given tasks appropriate to their level. Tasks may include activities relating to texts already read or preparation for texts to be studied.
At Mitchell Brook, we use Oxford reading levels to track and assess our children’s reading. It is an expert system used to determine the level of many popular primary reading books from Oxford. Oxford Reading Levels progressively build fluency, comprehension and stamina which leads pupils to become successful readers.
In KS2, we use Destination reader which is a rigorous and systematic approach to the teaching and learning of reading across KS2, using well-proven strategies to deepen comprehension of texts. It fully meets the requirements of the National Curriculum for reading and speaking and listening.
EYFS | Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5 | Year 6
Home Reading Expectations
Reading to your child
Read different books with or to your child at least six days a week for at least 15-20 minutes.
Hearing your child read
Listen to your child read and talk about what they have read referring to the questions in your child’s reading record.
Signing your child’s reading record
Sign and date your child’s reading record each day with the book they have read to you or you have read to them.
School books will be changed at least weekly and a school adult will sign your child’s reading record weekly.
Sharing a wide and diverse range of stories at home
In the linked documents below, there are a variety of online stories featuring Black and ethnic minority characters and a range of settings from around the world.
These are accessed using QR codes (an example is included in the image to the left) which can be scanned using a camera on a mobile phone/ device or a QR reader app.
~ These QR codes open the stories using YouTube. We would strongly recommend that parents or family members watch these stories with the children so they can discuss the themes of the stories and ensure children are not using YouTube unattended ~