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Reading

Reading at Harlesden Primary School


At Harlesden Primary School we are keen to nurture in our pupils a love of reading and books. Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged in school to promote reading. These activities include book weeks, visits by published authors and skilled storytellers from many cultures. Performances by professional theatre groups using drama, dance and music to illustrate texts are also provided to enrich the pupils experience. Pupils are exposed to a wide range of books to give the opportunity to make an informed choice about texts they enjoy and want to share with others both at home and in school.


 

Our Approach to Reading and Phonics


Children from Nursery to KS1 follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme.  It is an approach to teaching phonics in which children learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting in Nursery, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. In KS2 we have a daily guided reading session which builds upon the skills taught in Early Years and KS1. During these sessions, pupils access high quality texts to develop their language, reading fluency and inference skills. In KS2 we also use Read Write Inc as an intervention programme for children who need support with reading or are new to the school or country. This ensures that all pupils make rapid progress in reading and are able to access the curriculum at the appropriate level.

Pupils at Harlesden Primary School are encouraged to read for pleasure.  Classes in each year group across the school visit our school library once a week and also visit the local Harlesden Library throughout the year (offsite library visits have been cancelled due to the COVID pandemic).  We promote reading for pleasure across the school with high quality displays about books you should read by the end of each key stage.

 

At Harlesden we strongly promote reading at home and we encourage our parents to read with their children daily. We send the following books home for each Key Stage:

Nursery

  • One pupil reading log – this should be checked by a staff member weekly
  • One book of choice

Reception

  • One pupil reading log – this should be checked by a staff member weekly
  • Two leveled books linked to the RWInc book band the pupil is on
  • One book of choice

KS1

  • One pupil reading log – this should be checked by a staff member weekly
  • One leveled colour banded reading book 
  • One leveled colour banded reading book above for challenge
  • One book of choice

KS2

  • One pupil reading log – this should be checked by a staff member weekly
  • One leveled colour banded reading book 
  • One leveled colour banded reading book above for challenge
  • One book of choice

Please note that when a child is working at the colour band Sapphire 29-30 (chapter books), they are not expected to take 2 leveled books home, but are encouraged to take one challenging text for an extended period.

If you would like to learn more about how to support your child's reading journey at Harlesden, then look out for parent workshops which are scheduled throughout the academic year. Because of the current COVID pandemic, many of our workshops will take place virtually. Please check the Remote Learning page for up to date information. 

 

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