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Literature is at the heart of all our learning here at Christ the Sower. All our topics have a fantastic children's book that leads our learning across the curriculum.

At our school we have a reading for pleasure 'picture book' policy which summarises our approach to reading. It also includes some useful reading lists with some book titles we think children will enjoy. Read on...

 
This is a story about a school that grew from a story.  It grew from a story that Jesus told about sowing seeds in good earth. So ever since the school became, we have believed that everyone could learn to read and that this would provide a lifetime of enjoyment. We have faith in the power of story to enrich, express and create meaning from life. This is the story of how we do it! Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin...
 
At our school we promise to develop a long lasting love and appreciation of reading by or through…
 
·         Retelling stories we have read
 
·         Presenting book collections creatively with artefacts and dressing up clothes
 
·         Reading the very best books to children: beloved classics, old favourites and new treasures!
 
·         Creating our own books and stories that we read to others
 
·         Creating comfortable reading areas
 
·         Teachers selecting the very best books to lead learning that will enthuse children and match or develop their interests
 
·         Having copies of the books we study for each child to use in class
 
·         Special reading events such as snuggle up sleepovers in the library and book breakfasts as well as reading competitions
 
·         A reading-related visitor to the school every year ( poet, author, theatre group)
 
·         Having books available in the story telling area in the playground
 
·         Always finishing books we start to read to a class!
 
·         Golden time reading activities
 
·         Guided reading circus in class includes free choice of reading for pleasure
 
·         Being reading buddies with children in other classes
 
·         Using class community circles to celebrate books and reading
 
·         Celebrating book weeks and book days in interesting ways.
 
·         Reading bedtime stories when we go on residential trips
 
 
...and any other good ideas we have!
 
 
Children will find reading more pleasurable if they are able to be effective readers who:
 
  • Read accurately, fluently and with understanding and pleasure!
  • Understand and respond to the texts they read
  • Read, analyse and evaluate a wide range of texts
 
We teach children to learn to read so that they can read to learn and enjoy.
 
 
 
Learning to read
 
Learning to read is like trying to crack a code. As readers we look for different clues to help us understand what we are reading. Learning individual words is important, but the aim is to work out the full message.
 
To support children with individual word reading we have a structured approach to phonics. As a Reading Recovery school, we advocate reading as a problem solving activity.  Children become fluent readers when they use all three cues below:
 
1. The VISUAL information – ‘Does it look right?’ This involves attention to letters, phonic rules and being able to blend phonemes into words, to recognizing high frequency words at speed and to applying what they know to something new e.g. getting from look to book and cook etc. This is where strategic use of children’s phonic knowledge makes a real difference
 
2. The MEANING of the text – ‘Does it make sense?’ This involves making sense of the text, using prior knowledge about the subject/story, and/or using the picture.
 
3. The STRUCTURE of the text – ‘Does it sound right?’ This involves the ‘grammar’ of language or the way words fit together in the English language e.g we don’t say ‘I runned down the road’ we say ‘I ran down the road.’ 
 
Welcome to our Library
 
 
Our library will always be well stocked with a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The newest books, as well as old favourites, will be easily accessible. There will be newspapers and magazines available too. It is a bright and comfortable area which all children visit at least once a week. Year 6 children apply to be librarians and work with Mrs Phillips to make this a truly enjoyable place to be! Children develop their skills in using the library but also celebrate reading in its many forms. Often library lessons begin with an opening poem, followed by a chance to share book recommendations, choose new books and  listen to a story. We finish with a few final facts, chosen by children from our interesting and informative range of non-fiction books. Library visits should be highlight of the week! Our partnership with the SLS enriches our book stock and Mr Dorney speaks passionately about books to groups and classes to children on request.
 
Did you know...all our theme learning is centred around a fantastic children’s text?
 
So, we hope you will all join in reading and enjoying books now, and forevermore.
 
The End