Reading at John Henry Newman

Reading at John Henry Newman

Our Reading Scheme is structured around numbered book boxes. 

There are 6 Bands in our assessment system. Band 1 equates to a Year 1 reader, Band 6 to a Year 6 reader. All of our book boxes match up to the banded system. 

They ensure progression and cover all necessary genres. Each level includes all the following genres:-

  • Letters and Sounds (Phonics)
  • High Frequency Words
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction (letters and sounds and high frequency words based)
  • Poetry
  • Real Books (Colour banded)
  • Traditional Tales
  • Classics
  • Playscripts
  • Graphic Novels
In the early stages – until children have progressed through phase 5 phonics and have consolidated their ability to read a minimum of 200 High Frequency words, in and out of context – it is crucial the children read these books in order as set out in the reading record sheets/on the book boxes and as shown in the Reading Scheme document to ensure continuity in their learning.

Using the book boxes ensures our children develop the crucial ability to understand and be able to discuss in detail the content of each text read regardless of genre. They will read text appropriately whilst making consistent progress through the bands.

Each box contains a variety of genres and each Oxford level incorporates all genres. There will at times be a mis-match in children’s ability to read different texts. This is due to children’s familiarity with one genre over another i.e. non-fiction and poetry are often more of a challenge as children aren’t so familiar with reading such texts as they are with fiction. 
The following resources are also used throughout the school, in interventions and the book boxes, 

  • Project X Phonics – Bands 1 and 2 , Letters and Sounds 1-6. This is a progressive programme linking Letters and Sounds teaching to using and applying in context of story books. Consolidation is built in.
  • Project X (first and only progressive reading programme taking children through to Band 6 readers. (Same characters as Project X Phonics).
  • Code X Intervention Programme used here at JHN. This uses the same characters so children on intervention can use Project X alongside and then continue on the School Reading Scheme providing continuity.

Children’s free choices in reading usually entail choices of favourite authors/genres. Most children do not naturally chose books from all genres so find it difficult to access:-

  • Non-fiction – Science, History, Geography etc.
  • Poetry
  • Classics
  • Playscripts
  • Fiction at a higher level using different writing styles and more challenging vocabulary

The Progressive Reading Scheme in place ensures that a variety of texts and genres are placed in each book box. There are 122 reading boxes. There are approximately 5 boxes for each level.

When and how do Children Read at JHN?

All pupils undertake daily reading sessions in various forms i.e. daily guided reading sessions; daily independent silent reading, shared reading in class, reading in English lessons, reading in interventions; etc. Every child reads to an adult in school at least once per week through these practices. We expect parents to read with their child every day. 
Pupils can loan a book from the school library to take home and share alongside a book from the reading scheme.

A rigorous reading record system has been implemented throughout the school. This will travel with the child throughout their journey at JHN evidencing in commentary, reading sessions/behaviours, observations, etc.

Home/School Reading Diaries/home reading books allows parents to become partners in supporting their child’s reading development by reading books at home to consolidate their learning each day.

Because our Book Box system aligns with the Assessment system in place, no child will access an inappropriate text.

Use of Reading Diaries at JHN
Reading Diaries are to be completed at least 3 times per week at home by Parent and Pupils 
Other comments/record of reading will be entered into the Reading Records that all children have.

Reading Records - All children have a reading book which relates to the Band they are working within and a Blue Reading Record. 

Each Reading Record includes:
  • Reading Record Sheet
  • Book Box Sheet