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Reading at Ivy Bank

Ivy Bank promotes reading for pleasure at every opportunity.  Every year we celebrate World Book Day with fancy dress and themed actvities. The children run a Book Fair which raises hundreds of pounds for new books for our fantastic school library. We also invite authors in to school to show children just how exciting reading and writing can be. These have included Andy Cope, author of the 'Spy Dog' and 'Spy Pup' series of books, Rachael Lindsay, author of Warrior Troll, Jason Beresford, author of 'Frozen Fish Fingers' and most recently Duncan Beadie, illustrator of 'The Bear Who Stared' and 'The Lumberjack's Beard'. Such visits inspire and support the children in the writing process as well as encouraging them to read more. 

In school, we have a well-resourced Library, which is open to every child offering high quality books promoting an independent approach to learning and reading. The efficiency of the Library is a credit to Mrs Hartley-Dickens, our Librarian, and the Year 6 children who help her. Despite curriculum pressures, our teachers share whole texts in story time sessions as this is something we value and treasure.

Guided Reading

When children have completed the Little Wandle phonics programme (see Phonics section), reading is developed during whole class guided reading, using high quality texts and focused teaching.

In Year 2, children's reading skills are taught and practised using the VIPERS during whole class reading sessions. Children read during these sessions in a variety of different ways. They may hear the teacher model fluent reading and then have time to reread the same extract themselves, they may read individually and feedback, work in groups, take turns in pairs or read aloud to the their peers. 

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For our Key Stage 2 children, we have chosen to adopt Ashley Booth’s guided reading scheme. This provides children with wide ranging opportunities to read and enjoy high quality fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts.

During whole class guided reading sessions, children work to develop and hone their key reading skills: decoding, vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising.Children also continue to develop their reading fluency and pace, building upon their phonics knowledge and skills.

We recognise the importance of developing a rich and extensive bank of vocabulary; therefore, we discreetly teach vocabulary directly linked to the text during every phonics and guided reading session. This is reinforced daily during sessions, ensuring new vocabulary is embedded.

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Ivy Bank Primary School

Valley Road Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8PB

Mrs Sarah Gill | Headteacher

01625 448014