Being an Author-Reader at Filton Avenue
Every child a reader
We prioritise the explicit teaching of Author-Reader skills and, through a well-established culture of reading across the school, foster a life-long love and enjoyment of books. The school has a variety of reading schemes and carefully chosen high quality class texts that motivate the children to read. Pupils also have access to a well- stocked library and levelled reading books. Teachers read regularly to pupils so that they are exposed to many fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts and they are immersed in rich literature and language. This helps to extend their vocabulary and comprehension skills, which in turn supports their writing.
In Reception and Year 1, Phonics is taught through a consistent approach, using the Read Write Inc. programme. Children take home books they can decode using their phonic knowledge, as well as levelled reading books and quality picture books to help develop other key reading skills.
We continue to support pupils’ word reading and fluency skills as they enter Year 2, but the focus moves towards developing stronger comprehension skills. From Year 2, we explicitly teach reading strategies, linked to the school’s Reading Hats and following the school’s Progression of Reading Skills.
If you want to be an Author-Reader at home, try looking at these websites:
If your child is using Accelerated Reader in school, you can find the ZPD for a book at home here: