How do we learn to read in Oak?
The current most effective approach to guided reading is whole-class involvement. Four time a week, the the children will have a reading comprehension session where they will engage in group discussions, partner-talk and independent written responses following our VIPERS skills (see doc below for info). We use our core reader each week, reviewing a new chapter. We also use themed texts, exposing the children to a variety of text types and genres which link to our curriculum focuses. These reading skills are applied to our writing lessons as we link our vocabulary and contextual knowledge.
We have access to a wide range of texts in school and it is great to see children reading their own books from home as well. At the end of last year, Whitstone introduced our Reading Challenge Trees. It'll be fantastic for the children to kick-start the year selecting the high-quality texts from our trees. Each child has a 'Challenge Passport' which they tick off their progress throughout the year.