Reading at Admirals Academy

Reading skills taught are: context, retrieval, summary, inference, prediction, meaning as a whole, vocabulary and comparison. These are linked to the content domains within the National Curriculum, with greater weighting to areas such as inference. Assessment is used to track progress three times a year and an online GL assessment is completed at the end of the year.

For further information on the National Curriculum click here here.

Our aim is to have every child undertake at least 10 minutes per day of reading at home. To assist us in this we ask that our parents complete their child’s red reading journal to let us know what reading has been undertaken at home. Each consecutive day that a child has read at home, they will move up on their class reading rocket. When a child has read on 10 consecutive days, as evidenced in their reading journal, they will receive a reading reward in their year group assembly.

We have a fantastic library in our academy which all classes visit weekly. There is a wonderful range of books which the children are able to enjoy and borrow using our online system, Junior Librarian. This is a great way to inspire a love of reading from an early age. We also hold a book swap each Wednesday break time, where children can bring in books from home and exchange them for a different one.

To support our teaching of reading, all children use the online program ‘Lexia’ for one hour each week. Children work their way through a variety of levels which are based on reading skills. The program is adaptive so recognises each child’s reading ability and provides extra support on areas they struggle with.

All teachers aim to hear children read aloud as frequently as possible, but, in order to maximise the time available, we are always grateful for parent helpers to hear readers in all classes. If you would like to volunteer some of your time to help develop our pupils’ reading skills, please speak to the office. This will be dependant on an enhanced DBS check.