To deliver an engaging literacy curriculum, that promotes children’s love for reading and enhances their written and oral communication.
Reading is an important life skill and at Hunton we teach all aspects of the subject, not just decoding.
To engage pupils into reading, each class, every term has a class novel from which to teach reading skills from. Class teachers select engaging and rich texts to immerse pupils into new worlds; to foster a love for reading.
Using clues from the front cover and what has been previously read to predict carefully, with evidence what could happen next. We set high expectations for pupils when they predict, insisting on phrases and sentence starters to be used such as:
'Due to the fact that . . .'
'The evidence suggest that . . . '
'The . . . infers that . . .'
'The positioning of . . . suggest that . . .'
Summarising is an important skill to check that pupils understand what they have been reading and that they are able to note down the key points in a brief way. Summarising paragraphs and chapters are a regular activity in key stage 2.
When reading a new book, there can be some words and vocabulary that are new to us. Clarifying activities help pupils select words that are unfamiliar to them and use the dictionary to look up and write definitions of them to widen their vocabulary for reading and writing.
Inference is a key skill needed, it essentially means the skill of reading between the lines, looking for clues that the author has placed in the text. Information that is not written explicitly. Pinpointing evidence to support inferences is part of learning this skill.