Anker Valley Primary Academy children and staff love reading! We are determined to make everyone, children and adults, a reader, as we know that it will provide a firm foundation for future learning. Therefore, reading is enthusiastically promoted across all areas of the curriculum, providing opportunities for our children to embrace their own individual learning journey and celebrate their reading milestones within our reading community.
Through teaching reading well, we understand that children will be able to access the rest of the curriculum and reach their full potential. Phonics is a fundamental part of our EYFS and Key Stage 1 curriculum. We follow a scheme based on the DfE Letters and Sounds programme, to ensure children are well-prepared for learning in Key Stage 2. Phonics takes place every day in Foundation and Key Stage one using the four part lesson structure. Each lesson starts with a recap of previous sounds taught, before moving on to teach the children a new sound. They then get the opportunity to practise the newly taught sound before applying it in a range of reading and writing activities. Alongside discreet phonic lessons, the children have opportunities to consolidate their learning through independent activities, whether these are through enhanced provision, guided reading or writing sessions. As the school grows we will, in KS2, teach reading skills through daily Whole Class Reading sessions.
We pride ourselves on developing a love of reading throughout the school and consistently promote our reading for pleasure ethos. The reading diet that we offer our learners is varied and motivational. Each class has their own reading corner and a weekly slot in our wonderful library, where children can go and access a wide range of books that they can read for pleasure, so that an Anker Valley reader sees it as something to enjoy and not a chore! Every week, all children will bring home a library book to share at home with their parents.
We expect children to read as often as they can at home and for this to be recorded in their reading diary. We celebrate effort and progress in reading through our Reader of the Week award in addition to the number of reads each child has completed and when children hit the different milestones e.g. 25, 50, 75, 100, 250 reads they will get a prize.