The Minster Junior School: Reading Offer
“If we want our children to thrive, teaching them to read is not enough – they must learn to enjoy it.”
At The Minster Junior School reading is taught daily through a differentiated small group approach, that we call the Teaching of Reading. This approach has been key for increasing pupil engagement and developing their love of reading. We have invested in high-quality training and texts to ensure our pupils receive the best reading offer available.
We aim for our children to become confident, proficient readers who enjoy reading and are totally engaged with their reading activities.
HeadStart reading materials ensure that all pupils enjoy a valuable reading experience. The scheme provides our school with a range of age-appropriate, differentiated texts and activities.
The fiction and non-fiction texts have been chosen carefully to stimulate the children’s interest and imagination. The activities are designed to improve children’s comprehension of a text. The emphasis is purely on improving children’s reading and their understanding of a text.
Additional Reading Opportunities at The Minster Junior School:
In addition to the Minster’s Reading Offer, pupils will also benefit from:
1:1 Reading with the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistants
Provision is made for all children to accelerate their progress; pupils receive 1:1 reading sessions to boost their fluency once every two weeks. Children who need additional support or who have fewer opportunities to read at home, will receive additional 1:1 reading sessions, dependant on their need.
The Minster Junior School library:
The Minster Junior School offers a wide range of high-quality classic and contemporary texts from different genres in our ‘Chill Out Zone’ and within the classrooms.
Visits to Croydon Library:
Children across our school will have the opportunity to visit the local library for events at least once a year.
Throughout the year, children will meet a range of visiting authors who inspire them to read more widely and learn about what writing a book involves from a published author’s perspective.
Book Week & World Book Day:
The Minster Junior School always celebrates World Book Day as part of a specially themed week full of exciting activities that raise the profile of reading and motivate the children to be more adventurous in their selection of books. Previous Book Weeks have included:
Themed dress-up day
Visits to the local library