Our Approach to Reading
At the heart of our curriculum is the development of reading. At Falmouth Primary Academy we are passionate and committed to raising the profile and attainment of reading throughout the school. We aim for the children to develop a love for literature and value the importance of reading as a gateway to a wealth of knowledge about the world around them. As well as the teaching of reading through synthetic phonics, we aim to develop each child’s comprehension skills through daily whole class reading lessons centred round high quality texts which link to the class topic and also provide a stimulus for writing. These lessons focus on developing vocabulary, applying reading strategies, generating discussion and careful questioning to enable children to infer and deduct information from the text. Throughout their time at school, all children will experience a range of quality texts, from both current and classic authors and have the joy of exploring them in shared reading experiences with their peers. Teachers read aloud to the children daily to further develop a love of reading.
Children are able to take home a reading book that is well matched to their reading ability. Children can also choose a book from the school library weekly which they can either read themselves or share with an adult at home.
All classrooms have enticing book corners that display a range of texts, as well as a selection of carefully chosen stories and non-fiction books relating to the topic being taught. The children are encouraged to communicate their opinions about books they have read through book reviews and by commenting in their Reading Diary which is shared with their parent or carer and their class teachers.
Special events in school such as Poetry Week and World Book Day play an integral role in fostering a love of reading. Authors and storytellers visit the school, children take part in workshops at school and at local organisations, visit the local bookshop and library and children and staff dress up as their favourite book character.
To celebrate World Book Day this year, we have created our own 'Masked Reader' Competition. Can you guess who each of the teachers are hiding behind the mask?