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At Melbourne Junior School, we're passionate about reading. In order to become proficient, independent learners, children need to be confident readers. During their time at our school, we hope that children will read and grow to love a variety of books. We aim to impart to them our passion for reading for pleasure.



Elements to Create a Skilled Reader

Whole Class Reading

Whole Class Reading takes place outside of the daily English lesson. Every child reads the same text and has their own copy of the book as whole books are used supported by non-fiction extracts. Quality texts are chosen that will challenge not only the children's reading skills but also their thinking about a range of issues and topics.


Each session starts with vocabulary work and the children learn about new vocabulary before they encounter it on the next chapter they will read. The book is read in different ways: teacher as expert reader, choral reading, group reading, paired reading and silent reading. Sometimes guided work also takes place.


The children then complete a range of activities based on the texts read, that develop their comprehension skills.  DERIC is used to cover the different strands of reading. Work is completed within Reading Journals.