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Reading at Alderton Junior School

 

The aim of Reading at Alderton Junior School is to develop a life-long love of reading within our children and give them the opportunity to enter the wider world equipped with reading skills needed for everyday life. Children will experience a wide range of reading material that will inspire, motivate and challenge them as readers. By the time children reach Year 6, reading for pleasure is embedded. They are intelligent readers that enjoy reading for sustained periods of time and can discuss and explain what they are reading with confidence.

 

The teaching of Reading at our school includes:

  • Daily 30 minutes sessions delivered through a structured approach that focuses on fluency, vocabulary and the skills needed to read for meaning. 
  • Phonics teaching in Year 3 and phonics support and intervention for other year groups to ensure all children make accelerated progress throughout their time with us.
  • Accelerated Reader - interactive activities to assess children's understanding of what is read
  • Daily whole class reading where teachers' and pupils share their love of reading through a class novel. 
  • Regular theme days and reading events such as World Book Day and many more.

 

Accelerated Reader

  

Accelerated Reader is a program that helps teachers and parents manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level, reads it and when finished, takes a short quiz on a computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read. AR gives children, parents and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which then informs and helps the child’s development within reading.

Please see our parent guide for any further information. 

Guide for Parents: Helping Your Child with the Accelerated Reader Program

Reading Ambassadors 

Reading Ambassadors play an incredibly important role within our school, sharing their love and enjoyment of reading and encouraging their class mates to read widely and often. 

  

The job role of a Reading Ambassador is to: 

  • Take responsibility for their class reading area; logging books in and out, keeping it neat, tidy and organised and recommend books their classmates may enjoy. 
  • Run competitions and assemblies to promote the enjoyment of reading
  • Work alongside Miss Tuke to improve reading within the school and be the voice of all pupils.  

 

New Year 3 ambassadors will be chosen in September. We can't wait for you to join our team. 

Reading Areas

Reading areas are an important part of every Alderton classroom. They are a place where pupils can relax and take time to get lost in a book. This year, Reading Ambassadors held a competition to see which class could create the most exciting and engaging reading area. Take a look at some of the best entries below...

 

       

Wondering what to read next? 

Please find below a list of recommended reads for each year group. 

Department Staff

Miss Amber Tuke (Reading Leader)

Alderton Junior School will be closed indefinitely from Monday 23rd March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. An emergency provision for children of key workers and those with Educational health Care Plans is in place. For more information, visit our 'News and Events' tab.
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