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Fluency Pairs


Fluency pairs is a whole class and whole school approach designed to improve the fluency of pupils. This approach has been designed to give children increased opportunity to read. 


Pupils are paired suitably and reading activities that are facilitated by class teachers commence. 


Modelled fluency – Partner 1 reads for 5 minutes with partner 2 listening intently as a coach. Partner 2 picks up on mistakes made by partner 1 asking partner 1 to ‘check it’. Corrects are made before reading continues. Partners swap roles and this is repeated. 


Understanding – Partner 1 and 2 repeat the activity above with both reading and acting as coach for 5 minutes. At the end of each 5 minutes, the reader must explain to the coach ‘what happened first, what happened next and what happened last based on what has been read.  


Summary – each partner reads the next paragraph. They then summarise key events in 10 words or less. 


Prediction – Each partner predicts what will happen on the immediate next page. The next page is read and discussion about what was correct or incorrect is conducted. Partners then swap accordingly. 


Whole Class Taught Reading 


Comprehension of a wide range of texts is essential when reading. Explicitly teaching reading concepts that closely intertwine is completed in line with the National Curriculum to allow children to improve their understanding. Text choices for whole class reading are set at an appropriate challenge for the class and reading skills are explicitly taught through these. Children then apply this knowledge through independent tasks to enhance their learning. Where possible and appropriate, texts are used as a link across the curriculum to pre-teach or consolidate content knowledge.  


Reading Across the Curriculum


As reading is the bedrock to excelling in the wider curriculum, it is of significant importance. Within all subjects, children have opportunities to practice their reading through engaging texts and extracts whilst improving their knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. 


Whole Class Books 


Each class in school listens to 15 minutes daily whole class reading which is modelled by the class teacher. By listening to the ‘expert’ in the room read, children are fully immersed in a wide variety of books throughout their journey from year 3 to year 6. Modern fiction to archaic classics are chosen and read by teachers (expert reader) who show a passion for books to set the tone for a ‘love for reading’.  


Reading Book Bands 


When children have successfully completed Phase 5 on the Little Wandle Rapid Catch-up, they will then make a start on the Reading Book Bands. The first colour on the book bands is Purple. Each half term, all children are assessed on their colour book band to check that they are reading fluently at the correct level. This assessment will inform the teacher if they need to stay on that colour, move up onto the next colour or move down.


If children have been assessed to have gaps in their phase 5 phonics knowledge, they will read designated ‘LWRCU’ books which are decided upon within monthly assessments to monitor the needs of each individual. Furthermore, establishing links with the home and the wider community allows for the reading development that is completed in school to be consolidated, and thus ensuring reading is targeted as a priority from all stakeholders. 


Love of Reading Books


Alongside Book band books, children have a 'Love of Reading Book'. This book is chosen by the child as something that catches their eye, something that will entice them to read and increase enjoyment around reading. 


Home Reading 


As part of the school homework policy, all children are expected to read for at least 10 minutes per day at home. This can be done independently or with an adult. When completed, reading diaries must be signed. These are checked upon by adults weekly. A dojo message is sent home to parents/carers as a gentle reminder for those children who are not reading at home regularly.