Mrs Hodgson, Miss Smith, Mrs O'Loughlin, Mrs Brooks, Mrs Maddy
At South Green School, we believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at school and beyond. 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.
As a school, we have always prided ourselves on our high reading scores but more importantly that our children take great pleasure from reading. However, in order to support the children further we have been exploring changes to how we deliver reading sessions in Year 2; we would like to support them in developing positive attitudes to reading which will encourage them to become life-long readers.
Last year, we trialled a new approach to the teaching of reading where the emphasis will move from “small group guided reading” to “whole class reading”.
In Whole Class Reading there is a high level of interaction between the teacher and the pupil. All children are exposed to high quality texts and discussion in an immersive environment. Texts are carefully chosen to provide appropriate challenge that builds on pupils’ existing knowledge and understanding. During these sessions the children support each other to increase their reading skills in prediction, sequencing, retrieval, inferencing and understanding new vocabulary. Reading and exploring the same text as a whole class generated a lot of enthusiasm and we were able to see benefits for the children.
More traditional approaches to group guided reading often see a teacher work with a small group while the other children work independently. Over time this can result in less progress for those children who do not work with an adult.
Implementation of the Whole Class Reading approach means that you will see less comments from teachers in their reading diaries. We shall still continue to view these daily as it is important to us that we see what the children are reading at home.
Please do not think that because there is not a comment that your child is not reading at school.
There will still be time during the week for some 1:1 reading and the teachers will use their experienced judgement to identify pupils who would benefit from more individual reading on a regular basis.
To start of the year, we are asking that all children come to school in their PE kit on the PE days - this is part of our COVID safety measures helping to keep the children and staff safe. In Year 2, many children still need help fastening buttons and putting on socks and tights; by wearing their PE kit to school we can ensure that safe distance is always maintained. PE kits consist of a plain white T-shirt, black shorts, socks and plimsolls (please no trainers unless your child can tie up their own laces). Once the weather turns colder, track suits are a suitable alternative. We are asking that if you are buying a tracksuit for school PE lessons, to please consider purple or black.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have to limit the amount of visitors in school, so therefore there will be no birthday assemblies until further notice.