At Gossey Lane Academy, reading is given a central role in the curriculum and is given the highest priority. Reading is taught in all of our classes with help from ‘Rockstar Reader,’ from the very beginning of learning how to read, to the higher level skills of inference and deduction. We supplement our reading with a whole variety of books, some chosen by the teacher to support a child, and some as a free choice for children. The children are taught to read through a structured and systematic programme that develops skills upon entry to Nursery through to Key Stage 2.
Daily guided reading sessions continue throughout the school to ensure pupils become fluent and competent readers. We aim to ensure pupils develop a critical appreciation of the work of authors and poets and also develop their research skills across the curriculum. Pupils have access to a wide range of carefully structured texts, adverts, short video clips and photographs.
We have invested heavily in developing our reading materials as we want our children to develop a genuine love of reading. Pupils in KS2 also make use of our Kindles and the reading app ‘Reading Eggs’ to help engage and foster a love of reading at an early age.
We are lucky enough to have a wonderful library. All year groups have a timetabled library session each week. Each classroom has It’s own book corner with a variety of fiction and non-fiction books for children to choose from.