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Reading at Dorchester

Here at Dorchester we are committed to getting all children to read independently. We read a wide range of books as part of the curriculum and want our children to enjoy reading as part of their everyday lives.

Reading in school

Key Stage 1 children access a whole group reading session daily. Teachers teach and model reading strategies via direct teaching and shared reading sessions. During this time children will have an opportunity to discuss the text and develop a range of reading skills. Once a week children will develop their fluency of reading at their level in a group with an adult.

Daily phonics lessons in FS and KS1 enable children to decode efficiently. This is continued into KS2 where necessary.

Key Stage 2 children access a whole group reading session daily. This begins with a brief session on developing spelling strategies and broadening their vocabulary. Teachers teach and model reading strategies via direct teaching and shared reading sessions. During this time children will have an opportunity to discuss the text and develop a range of reading skills. By the end of lower key stage 2 the children will learn how to give longer evidenced based responses based on key themes within a book. The children are exposed to a range of question types to prepare them for KS2 assessments. By the end of upper key stage 2 children are expected to explore themes between across a range of similar books.

The Phonics Bug, Bug Club books, big books; story sacks and core books as well as book banded books are used to support early readers.

Reading at Home

School reading books are available to all pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2 and they are encouraged to read them at home. Parents are encouraged to communicate this with the class teacher. Foundation stage and Key Stage 1 pupils also have access to online books via Bug Club which are chosen by the teacher to ensure they are reading an appropriate level. 

We are constantly striving to nurture our pupils enjoyment of reading and with this in mind we've put together a selection of books which we feel are suitable for children in each year group.

In order to encourage your child to read it helps if you can discuss the books with them and also to spend time reading to your child, even older children enjoy stories being read to them. These lists are just a starting point, there are lots of other wonderful children's books available which they may enjoy, many of which can be borrowed from your local library.