We believe that reading for pleasure is vital and do all that we can to enthuse the children about books and reading and to create a reading culture in school. We recognise that reading is the key to the rest of the curriculum and that the ability to read well is vital for future success.
We are mindful of the many non- academic benefits of reading as well: we value reading as a source of relaxation and escape from the stresses of daily life and as a way to build empathy towards, and understanding, of diverse lives and ones that differ fundamentally from the daily lived lives of the children. Reading also gives us an opportunity to explore 'big questions' about what really matters with the children and to help them develop the ability to think deeply and to develop their own opinions.
At Weston on Trent Primary, we use DERIC for whole class and individual reading sessions. By using a consistent system across school, children are always ready to further their learning about reading, no matter whose class or which year group they are in.
The grid below gives examples of questions that might be asked of children within each of the DERIC strands. This is only an example, and some retrieval questions may be similar in year 1 and in year 6.
D - decode. The reading of words, beginning with phonics when the children start their schooling, moving on to more complex words, patterns and etymological roots.
E - explain. Looking at the meaning of words, and how their use can impact the whole meaning and feel of a sentence or text.
R - retrieve. A key part of reading - if a child cannot retrieve information, have they properly understood what has been read? Retrieval questions can always be answered if the children carefully read the text in front of them.
I - interpret. This is an area where the children's own thoughts and ideas are important, and their understanding will be bettered as they read more regularly. As they move through the school, the children would be expected to explain their interpretations by referring to the text or image they are using.
C - choice. This explores the choice made by the author, illustrator or director. It might be about vocabulary, or deliberate ways of writing sentences; it could be about an image - how it has been drawn, or the colours used within. It could also explore the reasons that an author has actually written something - what is their opinion?
Our school bookmarks.
We have produced bookmarks with the correct level questions so that adults supporting reading know what type and difficulty of questions are appropriate for children at different stages of their learning.
These are matched to the coloured bookbands which we use.
They are given to staff, volunteers and children in school and are also available from TTS with whom we worked in developing them.