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The Reading Journey at KACP

At King's Academy College Park, our team work together to ensure that we all have a clear understanding of our reading journey, which aims to support all our children to become fluent readers who can use their different skills in reading to interact with a variety of texts and enable them to have full access to the curriculum. At KACP, we understand that literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning and that being literate increases an individual's opportunities throughout each stage of their education and future career.

We think carefully about how to promote the love of reading in our school, as we know that reading for pleasure boosts comprehension and engagement for our children. 

This link between reading for pleasure and increased reading comprehension has been observed through studies and research. According to Ofsted's research report, 'research indicates a positive correlation between pupils' engagement with reading and their attainment in reading.

Early reading with Decodable books:

When your child starts their reading journey with us at KACP, they will be working on decodable books, which are specifically designed to support their phonic knowledge at each stage of their learning. Your child will move through the different groups of sounds in our interactive phonics scheme (Super Sonic Phonic Friends). These levels start with Firm Foundations and move on through Basics to Higher 5.

Skillful Readers:

In the infants, we teach children to read through reading practice sessions three times a week.

These are taught by a fully trained adult to small groups of children. We use books matched to the children’s secure phonic knowledge using books that have been carefully selected to follow the SSPF progression.

Books are monitored by the class teacher, who rotates and works with each group on a regular basis.

Each reading practice session has a clear focus, so that the demands of the session do not overload the children’s working memory. The reading practice sessions have been designed to focus on three key reading skills:

  • decoding
  • prosody: teaching children to read with understanding and expression
  • comprehension: teaching children to understand the text.

In Reception these sessions start in Week 4. Children who are not yet decoding have daily additional blending practice in small groups, so that they quickly learn to blend and can begin to read books.

Accelerated Reader:

As the children at KACP become confident in the knowledge of their phonic sounds and have shown that they can decode and blend, they will no longer need decodable books. At this stage, the children will be added to Accelerated Reader (AR), which is one of the most popular reading programs available.

“Motivate, monitor, and manage students' independent reading practice with Accelerated Reader and watch as students develop a true love for reading.”

AR uses computer-adaptive technology to assess the individual needs of pupils at every level. Once the children have undertaken their Star Diagnostic assessment on the computer, teachers are able to assign them a colour, which allows the child to know which level they are reading at and which books are suitable for them to choose from. When a child has read a book, they can then go on to their personal account and take a quiz to check their understanding of what they have read and also earn points towards their target!

Colour Banding:

The colour bands for AR are completely different to the ‘old style’ colour bands and much more reliable than some that have come before. Your child’s colour band is determined by their Star Diagnostic test, which gives them their ZPD number, and their teacher’s observations of quizzes undertaken.

Please read at home regularly with your children. It really makes a difference!

Home Reading Tips 
21 Questions to Ask Your Child About a Book

Talking to your children about the books they read is one of the best ways to support your child’s literacy development. Your child needs to engage in critical thinking to discuss a book — a key skill for success in school as well as life. Here are some tips on how to start and sustain a book discussion with your child:

Before your child reads a book, ask:
  • Why did you select this book?
  • What makes you think this book is going to be interesting?
  • What do you think the book is going to be about?
  • Does this book remind you of anything else you’ve already read or seen?
  • What kind of characters do you think will be in the book?
  • What do you think is going to happen?
While your child is reading a book, try asking:
  • Will you catch me up on the story? What’s happened so far?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • If you were that character, what would you have done differently in that situation?
  • If the book was a TV show, which actors would you cast in it?
  • Where is the book set?
  • If the main character in that story lived next door, would you be friends?
  • What does the place look like in your head as you read? Would you want to visit there?
  • Have you learnt any new words or facts so far?
After your child has finished a book, ask questions like:
  • What was your favourite part of the book? Why?
  • Who was your favourite character? Why?
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned from the book?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • Would you have ended the book differently? Did it end the way you thought it would?
  • Did the problem of the book’s plot get solved?
  • If you could change one thing in the book, what would it be?
Recommended Reading Lists 

Please follow the links below to see recommended reading lists for each year group!

Year R: School Reading List - EYFS

Year 1: School Reading List - Year 1

Year 2: School Reading Lists - Year 2   

Year 3: School Reading List - Year 3 

Year 4: School Reading List - Year 4 

Year 5: School Reading List - Year 5

Year 6: School Reading List - Year 6

Reluctant Readers:  Reluctant Readers - Years 3 and 4 

                                   Reluctant Readers - Years 5 and 6 

Dyslexic friendly books: Dyslexic Readers

Recommended Non-Fiction Texts:  Non-Fiction

Recommended Poetry: Primary Poetry

                                         Poetry for Years 5 and 6

Portsmouth Library Service 
Visit your local library!

To make use of the wide selection of free resources at libraries across the city as well as the mobile library vans, simply download, print and fill in the joining form using the link below: 

Portsmouth Library Service Joining Form

If you would like one printed for you at school - you can ask your teacher or speak to the office!

Portsmouth Library Service has a great mobile library with books, talking books and information for all ages and interests!

All are welcome – bring your existing library card or join for the first time.

The Mobile Library stops at a variety of locations across the city on a weekly basis:

9.30am-12.30pm: Drayton Lane / Havant Road, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Victory School and Ludlow Road Paulsgrove

(9.30am-12.30pm: Individual deliveries) 1.30pm-4.30pm: Fort Cumberland Road Eastney

9.30am-12.30pm: London Road (opposite Amberley Road), 1.30pm-4.30pm: Mayfield Road / Copnor Road

9.30am-12.30pm: Sainsbury’s Farlington, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Morrisons Anchorage Park

9.30am-12.30pm: Canoe Lake, 1.30pm-4.30pm: Canoe Lake

Find out more here.