At The Ridge, we believe that reading should be a fundamental part of childhood and a skill which should be developed to support lifelong learning. Success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority at our school. Our aim is to develop and embed a strong, sustainable reading culture within the school community. Confident and competent readers will foster a love of reading through a rich and varied experience of text.
In Whole Class Reading, there is a high level of interaction between teachers and children and between the children. Texts are carefully chosen by teachers to provide appropriate challenge that builds on pupils’ existing knowledge and understanding. Inference skills taught and practised include: applying background knowledge; making predictions and asking questions; clarifying the meaning of unknown words and phrases; making deductions; retrieving information; locating VIP words, as well as answering comprehension questions.
Our school library has recently moved and had a revamp to make it a more pleasureable environment. This has largely been made possible thanks to the generosity of the FoS and a grant from Aviva.It is almost ready to be opened and will give children the opportunity to choose from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.
Children are taught to write fluently so they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others. Children develop their understanding of a range of genres and styles including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. Grammar, spelling, punctuation and handwriting are taught rigorously across the school to enable children to have the skills and confidence to write effectively for a variety of purposes. They are regularly given the opportunity to prove the skills they have learnt in writing lessons, as well as editing and revising their writing in order to develop their writing further. Each year group focuses on a high quality book each term which gives them opportunities to link their writing to the book.
Events at The Ridge
We try to take part in a number of events promoting reading, writing, speaking and listening throughout the year. These include:
- Theatre visits
- Theatre companies visiting us e.g. Nativity, Macbeth
- Roald Dahl Day
- World Book Day
- Shakespeare Week
- Harry Potter Book Night
- Author visits
- Cinema visits
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