Throughout Y3-Y6 at DD's school class reading is the norm. They have a class book every half term which they read together. Some days it is reading to themselves, sometimes for homework and at least once a week reading out loud as a class, taking it in turns to do a bit each.
DD's school is very much of the opinion that being able to read out loud is an important skill and one that is very different to reading to yourself. They are expected to read aloud in their normal assemblies, saying readings, poems, prayers, etc. as well as in class assemblies - so the more practise the better they become. I agree with the approach; a very good skill to have.
In Y3 they also do some individual reading with the teacher still.
Guided/specific individual reading doesn't take place in DS's school after Y3 (except for those children with SEN). They have "quiet reading" time every day and reading naturally comes into the curriculum in non-specific ways.
They do however, still require regular reading at home with an adult (part of homework for which child will be penalised if not done).
Lol seems like we have similar children simpson. Ask DS any fact about world records, inventions, space, history etc he can answer easily. Trying to find a fiction book to interest him is difficult these days . He loved Roald Dahl, Astrosaurs, Beast Quest when in y1/2. I cant find ANYTHING to spark an interest now
'I have 2 TA's, a 1:1 and a parent helper!' That IS impressive for KS2.
I listen to Y1 read but am considering asking if they need me in Y3 instead.
simpson I'm afraid I haven't listened to DS read for a very long time . He hates reading fiction but has always got his head in a fact book. He was a L3 in reading in the KS1 SATS. I made him read a chapter of a fiction book to me this evening and was quite surprised at his regression which is why I asked him about reading at school (he's very reliable and I checked his reading diary for the first time this year double blush and realised there was a comment from the teacher back in September saying 'free home reader' but nothing else).
I will go back to listening to him at least 3 times a week but was quite disappointed to hear they don't do any reading aloud at school
I have 2 TA's, a 1:1 and a parent helper! We have 25 mins guided reading a day for 4 days of the week. One group is heard by one TA every day, the other takes 2 groups twice. I then take two other groups once a week and spend 2 sessions with SEN children individually. A parent helper covers the class in 2 weeks ( she is with me for 2 and a half hours one afternoon a week). Finally the 1:1 also hears individual readers when not with her 1;1 child-she hears3-4 a day whilst her 1;1 child is working independently( which is his objective this year!) It takes some organising and obviously plenty of staff! However it also means nearly half of my Year 6's are level 5 readers ( I teach yr 5/6)
Rather unusual! My main focus group are heard 4 times a week, 2 other focus groups twice a week, SEN children individually 2 times a week and also as a group and every one else at least once a week as a group and once a fortnight individually. We also have a class reader which we read "round the class" every day.