Reading at Bonneville Primary School
Developing reading skills and exposure to a broad range of high level vocabulary are imperative facets of a child’s journey and enables them to succeed in all curriculum subjects and, research shows, increases the likelihood of improved outcomes in later life.
At Bonneville Primary School, reading is taught daily through Guided Reading lessons and ‘End of Day’ reading. For the ‘End of Day’ reading, teachers will read aloud to their class with a specifically chosen text for 15 minutes. This enables children to hear modelled reading from an adult and to gain exposure to a wider range of language and content enabling us to address the cultural capital gaps which exist within our community. We exploit opportunities for children to hear the following text types:
- Non-linear sequences
- Narratively Complex
- Symbolic Text
- Resistant Text
Click here to view our ‘End of Day’ reading list
Key Stage Two
During Guided Reading lessons, each week a text is chosen (which can also be linked to the children’s termly topic) and the following sequence of reading skills are addressed:
- Text meaning/word finders
- Layout/text features
Importantly, children should also be reading as much and as widely as possible at home. In order to support you, we advise all parents to utilise the ‘Big Cat Collins’ e-book library resource, which gives you access to hundreds of e-books that the children can read using a digital device. This can be used on a desktop laptop/computer or through a downloadable app for phones and tablets.
Digital Reading to support Home Learning
Big Cat Collins E-Book Library
Each child will be given their own personalised log in username and password.
In order to log in, go to the following website and type in their username and password:
This will open up the ebooks that have been assigned to your child, in order to match their developing reading skills. The class teachers will assign the texts that will appear in your child’s library. You can search for texts in the top right hand side of the screen. Click on the front cover of the text in order to start reading.
Teachers will be able to change the books that can be read as the child progresses through them, so that more can be added as and when they develop their reading skills. They will not be limited to the books that are shown at present for the whole course of the year. Conversely, if your child is finding a set of books too challenging, please contact their teacher and we can amend this.
Reading the text
On the left hand side of the screen you will find the following icons:
This icon enables you to see the table of contents and view the chapters.
This icon enables you to view and change annotations or notes on the text.
You are also able to create different kinds of annotations
This icon enables you to view and change bookmarks you have made.
This icon in the top right hand corner of the screen enables you to add a bookmark.
At the top of the screen you can change the page number, change the layout of how you view the book (one page, or double page spread), move the page in any direction to view content properly and adjust the percentage of the page that is viewed.
In order to make an annotation, you just highlight the words that are relevant, and choose the type of annotation that would suit you best. This annotation will then appear in the left hand side ‘Annotations’ icon, where you can search for them depending on the type of annotation and the chapter. You can also hover over the words which have been annotated as it will change to a ‘hand’ icon. You can also change or delete annotations in this left hand section, as well as export them all as a PDF document.
The very last page of the book will also have activities, guidance and advice on how to read the book with your child(ren).
This icon in the top left hand corner will take you back to the ebook library.
Clicking on the three dots next to ‘Read’ will also give you more things to do with the book. The most important of these is ‘Resources’.
Clicking on this will open up a page that looks like this:
You can then use the resources to help answer questions about the text during or after reading.
Please bear in mind not all texts will have an additional resource sheet.
Writing style is absorbed from reading and literature. The imaginative and creative process, stimulated by reading experiences, is merged to the mechanics of writing: punctuation, grammar, spelling. We pride ourselves on equipping children with a writer’s toolkit, which enables children to see themselves as authors. Editing and publishing work is an important part of the writing process and one which develops through a child’s time at Bonneville.