Reception and Key Stage 1
When the children have begun their reading journey at Tanworth they will be given a colour band from which they can choose a book
to matches their interests. In Reception and Year 1 the children may be assisted in their choice by the Class Teacher or Teaching Assistants. In Year 2 the children will independently choose from their colour band until they are ready to progress onto the Junior reading system. Children in Key Stage one will be heard read at least once a week by the Teacher or Teaching Assistant in addition to any class reading or guided reading.
Coming soon to Reception - Ebooks linked to our school phonics system - Phonic Bug!
Key Stage 2
When the children have become confident and independent readers they are ready to move from the reading colour bands onto the school's Accelerated Reader system. This exciting system which was introduced in the Autumn Term 2017 allows the children to choose from a wide range of books including many well known children's authors. Each child will have their own personalised Z.P.D reading range. Z.P.D stands for Zone of Proximal Development and is a numerical range given to the children after sitting a short online test. The Z.P.D allows children to choose books from a range that will be challenging but enjoyable. Children will take a retest every half term to gain a new Z.P.D. When a child has read a book they will take a short online comprehension quiz to test their understanding before choosing their next books. Children will be given a minimum of 15 minutes quite reading time in school in addition to their class reading and guided reading.
At Tanworth in Arden we believe that the best writing comes from children that are engaged, excited and interested in their class topics and themes. All writing at Tanworth is for a purpose and linked with high quality engaging texts. Below are the curriculum expectations for each year group. Teachers are skilled in meeting these expectations in an engaging and meaningful way.