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Austhorpe Primary School Copyright 2022 (78)Reading in the National Curriculum

"Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know."

Beacon Books

In addition to the numerous ways we encourage our children to read for pleasure, we would like to introduce a new and exciting opportunity to further develop their reading whilst at Austhorpe.

It is well documented how children who read extensively are more likely to succeed in school and beyond. Even children who are enthusiastic readers do not always access the rich variety of texts that are available. When looking at the recommended “literary canon” for reading it is clear that there are many great authors and books which appear to have been forgotten.

If children can move on to high school with a broad and diverse range of texts and genre behind them it will be of enormous benefit when they come to study much more challenging literature.

Our most advanced readers, who have worked their way through the reading scheme will move onto our “Beacon Books”. This will include many classic and well-known titles, books that are thought provoking, challenging yet age-appropriate. However, we do not want to restrict this opportunity solely to children who have completed the reading scheme, so we have developed a “Beacon Book” reading list for each year group. This will be a range of books which we feel every child will benefit from reading: books that will stimulate interest, capture imaginations and encourage a lifetime of reading for pleasure. Once children have read a good selection of these books, they will have built up a rich and diverse literary knowledge and experience which will give them so much pleasure and enjoyment for years to come.

Of course, as with most new initiatives, there is a financial outlay. In these current and difficult times, the school is running on a very limited budget so we are asking for your help with what we feel will be a valuable addition to your child’s education. We know that a lot of families will be finding things difficult at the moment but if you feel that you could help by purchasing a book, we will be most grateful. Maybe grandparents or other family members would also kindly donate a book. We have created a wish list on Amazon UK for you to select from. Perhaps it is a book you enjoyed as a child or one you always wanted to read but never got the chance. To select a booku please follow this link An acknowledgement will be put in the front of each book purchased.

We hope that your child will be excited by this latest addition to our reading experience offer, and that they will get years of pleasure from reading our ‘Beacon Books’.

Kind Regards
Mrs Carter
Reading Leader

Raving Readers

Reading is an essential life skill and we believe all children must have the opportunity to read, understand the eaning of texts and develop a love of reading. Austhorpe's Raving Reader scheme is vital in supporting children in developing their reading and making fantastic progress. Raving Reader records are used to demonstrate that children continue to read frequently at home, as well as in school.  Rewards are available for children when they reach 25, 50, 100 and 200 home reading sessions. Reading Journals also contain age appropriate Top Tips for children, parents and carers to help them get the most out of reading at home. Ten Reading Journal activities, such as  writing a book review or a letter to the author, are set for each year group.

Reciprocal Reading

Guided reading follows a structured Reciprocal Reading format. See this handing guide for the format Reciprocal Reading takes each session.

Reading Plus

Year 6 are trialling a digital reading scheme, Reading Plus, to support with the development of their reading.

"Research shows that 70% of non-proficient readers process text inefficiently. Inefficient reading is the hidden hurdle that prevents the development of fluency, comprehension, and motivation.

For more details, visit Reading Plus' website.

Read Write Inc, Phonics and Early Reading

Follow the link to find out more about Read Write Inc, phonics and early reading.

Austhorpe Primary School is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Avenue, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG2 0DZ

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