Reading at Canon Johnson
“Reading is the one ability that, once set in motion, has the capacity to feed itself, to grow exponentially, providing a base from which the possibilities are infinite." – Michael Morpurgo
English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. 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. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
At Canon Johnson, we believe that every child has a right to access the very best education available to them - our children are immersed in a world of fun, exciting and magical English.
At Canon Johnson Primary School, we aim to develop pupils’ abilities through a coherently planned English curriculum, which weaves together the strands of Speaking & Listening, Reading, Writing and SPaG. Our pupils will be given opportunities to develop knowledge, skills and understanding across all strands of the English Curriculum. There will be opportunities to build on prior learning and revisit previous learning to help consolidate understanding. Our children will foster a ‘Love for Reading’ with high quality children’s literature at the centre of our English approach. A coherently planned book spine will help to further develop this love of reading as the children travel through our school.
Pupils at Canon Johnson Primary School will:
- Read with confidence, fluency and understanding and possess a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct
- Foster a love for reading
- Enjoy reading for pleasure – both in school and beyond
- Have an interest in words and their meanings and wider developing their vocabulary
- Experience and understand the features of a wide range of genres and text types
- Be given opportunities to write for a range of purposes, using a variety of forms, selecting the correct features when appropriate
- Be encouraged to be creative and imaginative in their approach
- Be able to articulate their opinion both clearly and conscientiously on their own and others work
10 Benefits of Reading
- Children who read often and widely get better at it – after all, practise makes perfect.
- Reading exercises our brain – Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain than for example, watching TV. Reading strengthens brain connections and builds new connections.
- Reading improves concentration.
- Reading teaches children about the world around them.
- Reading improves vocabulary and language.
- Reading develops a child’s imagination.
- Reading helps children to develop empathy – as children develop they begin to consider how they would feel if placed in certain situations.
- Reading is fun – dreaming with your eyes open!
- Reading is a great way to spend time together.
- Reading promotes achievement in all subjects.
In light of COVID, our English Curriculum and book spine has been amended.
Please see our current book spine, listing our whole class texts:
The Literacy and Language scheme follows on from RWInc*.
This complete literacy programme for fluent readers from Year 2 (spring ‘1*) through to Year 6, teaches children to read, write and discuss texts with maturity.
The stories and non-fiction texts are written by well-known authors to engage children in studying complex, challenging whole texts.
At Canon Johnson Primary School, we are passionate about encouraging and developing a ‘Love of Reading’. Children from Nursery through to Year 6 experience class books being read to them by an adult. These texts have been coherently planned and sequenced, taking into account the wider curriculum, to ignite a passion for reading. Our reading spine lists all of these key texts. Our staff know and support the value of the ‘class novel’ and from Years 2 – 6, read it for at least 10 minutes daily. Quality texts are at the centre of Literacy and Language provision and whole class reading too. Children have free access to their Key Stage Library and Class Library which both contain books that they can take home. Within Class Libraries, copies of the ‘Top 10 Reads’ are available to foster a culture where children are challenged through reading age-appropriate texts. Children are given (as a minimum) weekly opportunities to change their library books. Our home reading scheme is current, structured and progressive: in KS1 this follows the RWInc. scheme and matches the sounds that have been taught; in KS2, books are banded and accurately matched to the child’s reading ability which corresponds to their reading age. Our books are banded through to the end of KS2 to ensure children are exposed to GDS grammatical structures and language.
Reading sessions throughout school focus on developing pupils' understanding of the reading domains:
Reading Content domain reference KS1:
- 1a draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts
- 1b identify / explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as characters, events, titles and information
- 1c identify and explain the sequence of events in texts
- 1d make inferences from the text
- 1e predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
Reading Content domain reference KS2:
- 2a give / explain the meaning of words in context
- 2b retrieve and record information / identify key details from fiction and non-fiction
- 2c summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph
- 2d make inferences from the text / explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text
- 2e predict what might happen from details stated and implied
- 2f identify / explain how information / narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole
- 2g identify / explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases
The partnership between school and home is important here at Canon Johnson Primary School. We encourage an open and honest relationship with all of our families and offer support and advice when necessary.
At Canon Johnson, we have a reward system reflecting the importance of daily reading.
Children receive certificates and prizes for gaining signatures within their reading records.
- 15 signatures: bronze certificate
- 30 signatures: silver certificate
- 50 signatures: gold certificate and a book of their choice from the ‘Top Ten Reads prize book box’
- 75 signatures: platinum certificate and a book of their choice from the ‘Top Ten Reads prize book box’
- 100 signatures: diamond certificate and children are then able to choose a book of their choice online up to a value of £15.00
- 150 signatures: ‘reading hero award’ – children receive a kindle.
Online platforms to support your child's reading:
Oxford Reading Buddy (ORB)
Every child at our school from reception has been signed up to Oxford Reading Buddy (ORB). ORB helps to maximise independent reading time at school and at home by giving every student a virtual reading coach.
It is underpinned by the latest research into comprehension teaching and learning, and is a unique new digital service that develops deeper comprehension skills and encourages students to read more.
Reading Plus not only assesses efficiency, but also measures and increases motivation and comprehension. Students are given choice and control to practice at their own pace with a program that uses adaptive technology in a truly meaningful way.
Children from Y2-Y6 access Reading Plus daily.
Top 10 Reads:
Here are recommended age-appropriate texts for all year groups: