It is the belief of every member of staff at the academy that reading progress and attainment is supported heavily by reading at home. Because of this belief, we set ambitious reading expectations at home as well as in school. High on our agenda is also developing readers who read for pleasure and possess a passion for reading.
As an academy, we follow a whole school reading programme called ‘Bug Club’ which is a powerful scheme that combines a library of stunning books with an incredible online reading world to help to develop confident young readers. Every child has their own log in details to access Bug Club at any time and these are shared with parents at the start of each academic year. This programme is used throughout the academy, from Foundation Stage through to Year 6 and supports home reading with teachers allocating books for children to read into their virtual reading accounts. These reading books also cover a range of genres including non-fiction, comics, classic literature and poetry and are matched to their phonic and reading ability. Using this variation of books to take home, as well as a virtual on-line library motivates and engages our pupils to read. It is the expectation, as part of our homework policy, that the children read at least three times per week (this includes the use of Bug Club online at least once per week).
Home reading books for all of our early readers, including those who have SEND support and those who are supported by our EAL inclusion team are phonic based and the books are closely matched to the children’s ongoing phonics ability. The children will practise and apply at home the sounds that are taught in school.
Learning Diaries are an important part of the school day where classroom staff regularly check consistency of reading at home and liaise with parents/carers as necessary through these.