GSO Test

GSO Test

Reading

At Thorntree, reading plays a large part of everything the children do. We use various reading schemes, phonics sessions, daily reading sessions, storytimes, authentic materials, extra support where needed and access to our well-stocked Library for Years 2 to 6. Here is a more detailed breakdown of what reading happens in the different year groups.

EYFS – Nursery and Reception

  • Book corners in inside and outside areas
  • Free access during sessions to book areas
  • Range of ‘topic’ stories available in book corner
  • Daily whole class Power of Reading/Talk for Writing story session
  • Phase 1 phonics session – focusing on sounds

 

Reception

  • Daily phonics session in line with Letters and Sounds phonics programme  
  • End of day story time
  • Every child reads to Teacher/EYP once a week
  • Children identified as needing extra support read to an adult more frequently
  • Reading books are sent home daily for children to read to parents
  • Children signposted to Oxford Owl to read e-books

 

Key Stage One – Year One

  • Daily phonics session in line with Letters and Sounds phonics programme
  • End of day story time
  • Every child reads to Teacher/LSA once a week
  • Children identified as needing extra support read to an adult more frequently
  • Reading books are sent home daily for children to read to parents
  • Children signposted to Oxford Owl to read e-books
  • Daily whole class reading lesson with activities focusing on a chosen text

Year Two

  • Daily phonics/spelling session
  • End of day story time, incorporating chapter books
  • Every child reads to Teacher/LSA once a week
  • Children identified as needing extra support read to an adult more frequently
  • Reading books are sent home daily for children to read to parents
  • Children signposted to Oxford Owl to read e-books
  • Daily whole class reading lesson with activities focusing on a chosen text
  • Introduction of reading comprehension

 

Key Stage Two – Year Three

  • Children identified as needing extra support read to an adult more frequently
  • Daily phonics session for targeted individuals who require it
  • Reading books are sent home daily for children to read to parents

Key Stage Two – Year 3, 4, 5 and 6

  • Children identified as needing extra support read with an adult more frequently.
  • Whole class reading lesson (comprehension) takes place four days a week. Format followed:

Monday – introduction and ‘read aloud’

Tuesday – explore vocabulary

Wednesday – answer a set of comprehension questions

Thursday – go over answers and finish with an evaluation

  • End of the day/during the day story time where the class book is read aloud by the adult.
  • Children borrow books from the library fortnightly to read at home.
  • Each child has a reading record book which is completed in and out of school regularly.
  • Quiet/independent reading time every day for at least 15 minutes (free choice of book).
  • Open access to class book corners to borrow books, magazines, newspapers etc.

 

Here is a document containing very good tips about supporting and encouraging your child with their reading at home:

7 Top Tips For Reading At Home