Improving the Standard of Reading at Uplands Junior L.E.A.D Academy

Guided Group Reading

Guided reading is a method of teaching reading to children and prepares the children for reading, providing support through reading the title, talking about the type of text, looking at the pictures and accessing previous knowledge. the aim is to give children confidence without reading the book to them.

Children at Uplands Junior L.E.A.D Academy are taught to locate and preview difficult new words and unfamiliar concepts or names, introduce or review specific reading strategies that the children have been taught and remind them to use these when reading.

Children are allowed to read the book at their own pace, with teachers monitoring individuals and use appropriate prompts to encourage problem solving.

Teachers briefly talk about what has been read to check children's understanding and praise the correct use of reading strategies, encouraging children to respond to the book either through a short discussion where they express opinions, or through providing follow-up activities.

Children can re-read texts to themselves or with a partner as an independent activity to give them opportunities to develop fluency and expression and build up reading skills.

The Uplands Junior L.E.A.D Academy Class Library

The school provides a 'reading book box' for each class, encouraging children to read and choose different types of fiction and non-fiction books.

Again teachers briefly talk about what has been read to check children's understanding and praise the correct use of reading strategies, encouraging children to respond to the book either through a short discussion where they express opinions.

They are changed on a regular basis once they have been read to a class teacher and the name of the book and the date which the book was completed and recorded in their log.

Uplands Junior L.E.A.D Academy Library

The library at our school provides a well stocked, maintained and carefully planned school library, which caters for the learning and recreational needs of the children and teaching staff is an essential feature of the school's curriculum.

The aims of the school library are to inspire children with an enjoyment of books and reading and provide a collection of resource materials to meet the educational and recreational needs of the children

It also provides opportunities for children to develop and practise the skills needed for effective, independent, information retrieval and give children an area where there are many opportunities for cross-curricular work.

Accelerated Reading Program

Accelerated Reader Advantage (ARA) is a software program that combines two key elements of baseline assessment and personalised reading practice to promote reading for pleasure and encourage pupils to use reading to learn.

The aim of the Accelerated Reader program is to:

•Make essential reading practice more effective for every child in school. It is the aim of the school to ensure that all children progress in their reading as well as making it fun and interactive and create a culture of reading excellence.

•Personalise reading practice to each student’s current level. The program calculates the child’s current reading level and their reading age so that teachers are able to match the child's ability of reading the actual book they are reading at home and at school. These books allocated to the children are called 'Quiz Books'.

•Manage all reading activities including read to, read with, and read independently Once the children have read their 'Quiz Books' they are tested using a quiz format on their knowledge and understanding of the book through a series a questions based on the book the children have just read..

Once the quiz is completed a score is given, showing the child and teacher whether they have passed the quiz - giving instant feedback as to whether the child has read the book successfully.

Reading Book Corner

All classrooms at Uplands Junior L.E.A.D Academy have a book corner where all of the classroom's reading material is stored.

This is also where the children use the books in many cases, and it is designed to promote quiet reading in a productive manner rather than group discussion.

You can set up an Uplands-style book corner in your own house in order to keep your child's learning experiences consistent at school and home.

The Assessment of Reading at Uplands Junior L.E.A.D Academy

Opportunities for assessment:

a) First and foremost is our daily observation and Assessment for learning activities, working with our pupils in class or in Guided Group sessions.

b) Regular feedback given verbally or written with a positive emphasis and will usually be related to their personal, group or class targets.

c) Formal assessment of a child’s level based on the Accelerated Reading Test and written comprehension test each term.

The basis of the formal assessment will be half termly assessments alongside our “best fit” knowledge of the child. We maintain consistency in assessment through reading tests taken every half term using the Accelerated Reading Test in collaboration with on-going teacher assessments. At the end of the term a written assessment will be taken in the form of a comprehension test by each year group at the end of each term.

Objectives for each reading session are clearly displayed and used as class targets. Children are made further aware of expectations and how to improve and progress through the use of the following:

Decoding Strategies.

Understand, describe, select or retrieve

  • Deduce, infer or interpret.
  • Identify and comment on structure.

Identify (and comment on writer’s purposes and viewpoints and) the overall effect of the text on the reader

Individual reading targets are made from our use of the reading assessments, regularly reviewed and shared with parents, children and staff.