“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss
At St Teresa’s we provide opportunities for children to explore a diverse range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. These books are carefully chosen to develop pupils’ vocabulary, language, comprehension and love of reading. We develop word reading and comprehension through the use of cross curricular themes, story-times, whole class, guided or independent reading. We believe children’s love of literature comes from taking every opportunity to expose them to high quality texts for both the purposes of fact finding and enjoyment.
By the time pupils leave the school, they are competent readers, who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres and text types, including poetry and participate in discussions about books.
Recommended reading list
Developing reading skills
To be skilled as a reader, it is more than just accurate reading. What is meant and understood can be developed by focussing on these 7 areas. These skills can be shown through the texts, which children read independently but also shown in texts that they have listened to in class:
|1. DECODE ACCURATELY||Getting the words off the page
Use of phonics, sight recognition, context, picture clues
|2.RETRIEVAL||Seek, find, understand
Literal responses to text
Finding the right parts of the text to answer questions
|3.INFERENCE AND DEDUCTION||Reading between the lines
What is meant but not said
Interpret meaning from what is in the text
Put yourself in their shoes
Commenting on presentational features
Why is the text presented and organised as it is
|5.USE OF LANGUAGE||Use of Language
Why the writer selects a word / phrase / image / sentence
Effect of different techniques
Impact on reader
|6.AUTHOR’S INTENT||Writer’s purpose
How did the author want you to think/feel/respond
Writer’s attitudes and values
Impact on reader
|7.TEXTS AND THE WORLD||How the text fits into its context
Understanding the social, historical, cultural, literary heritage Links with other texts
WORLD BOOK DAY 2021
The theme for World Book Day 2021 was Masked Reader. Children chose a character from their favourite book and created a mask. We launched the week with a series of masked readers and children had to guess the staff and their favourite book. This was a huge success and engaged children in conversations about a range of books.
Can you guess our masked reader?
St Teresa’s Best Mask Winners