Non uniform day tomorrow for the Jubilee Celebration (20/05/2022)


Reading at Kea School
Staff and governors at Kea School agree that teaching children to read is a priority if they are to become articulate, free-thinking, independent learners. We aim for children to  be able to: 
  • Read accurately, fluently and with understanding
  • Apply a knowledge of structured synthetic phonics in order to decode unfamiliar words with increasing accuracy and speed
  • Apply a knowledge of words that cannot be phonetically decoded, using a range of strategies 
  • Be able to read with expression, clarity and confidence
  • Develop a good linguistic knowledge of vocabulary and grammar
  • Read and respond to a wide range of genres ,text types, and books from other cultures, expressing their preferences coherently
  • Read books by Cornish authors to discover and enjoy facts and stories from our Cornish history and culture.
  • Develop and articulate their own views on subject matters read about, while respecting the views expressed by other readers and authors
  • Be able to access and enjoy books through careful provision and support, enabling them to overcome any barriers to reading  
  • Enjoy reading in their future life , both for pleasure and other purposes, helping them to become independent, thoughtful learners   



We teach Read Write Inc phonics  daily in the Foundation Class and in KS1. The children learn the 40 + sounds which they then begin to blend. They extend their sounds to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. Alongside blending their sounds, pupils learn how to read the Common Exception words that cannot all be phonetically decoded. Pupils in KS1 who find reading more challenging are supported through the RWInc one to one programme.                               

Children learn to discuss their books, make predictions, explain their answers and ideas, retrieve information, use inference and summarise what they have read. These skills are developed further in KS2 through whole class guided reads, guided reading groups or individual reaing.KS2 Pupils who find reading more challenging are given additional support and are provided with a selection of dyslexia friendly, ability and subject appropriate books.

Staff understand the joy of reading and we share our love of books with the children. The children are read to regularly from a range of quality texts , including fiction, non fiction, poetry and  playscripts. Each year group is also given a list of "books not miss" so that they can choose quality books to read at home as well. Our staff promote their own  "Recommended Reads" in class, on the class website page and on their classroom door for other pupils to see.
Reading is celebrated throughout the year with special events, such as virtual author visits, book launches and a "Big Read" day. 
Our Year 5  Librarians read library books to the KS1 children and all classes are taught how to use the  library to access books for research as well as enjoyment. All children are actively encouraged to read regularly at home with motivational rewards, age appropriate to each class. 
In all classes , Literacy lessons are underpinned by the study of quality texts, to promote an enjoyment and understanding of a range of genres as well as developing a richer vocabulary. Our "Let's Think in English" lessons further support the development of the children's higher order skills , such as inference, deduction and analysis together with the confidence and resilience to read and respond to unfamiliar texts.
Pupils at Kea will be able to read with accuracy, speed, confidence, fluency and understanding, ready to access the secondary school curriculum. All pupils will make at least good progress from starting at Kea School. They will develop a life-long enjoyment of reading and books. By the end of KS2 they will be able to access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to unlock learning in all areas of the curriculum with confidence and resilience.
Reading will become a part of the children's daily life, giving them access to life-long learning as well as unlocking new worlds and possibilities.


Reading Information for Parents
                                                             Books Not To Miss !
Loved, enjoyed and recommended by :
Mrs Harvey, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Olive, Mrs McPherson, Miss Reeve,
Mrs Green, Mr Carey, Mr Barritt, Mrs Drzymala and Mr Miles
During Book Week Kea CP School joined hundreds of schools for lots of  exciting online 'Author Events' with Scholastic. Foundation class and KS1 joined Julia Donaldson for an introduction to her new book, 'A Pocketful of Songs'. They sang along to songs about some of Julia's famous story characters, like 'Super Worm' and 'The Ugly Five'. On Book Day Year 1  created their own Julia Donaldson  story, based on 'The Snail and the Whale'.
                                               Michael Rosen
On Thursday 18th November Kea School excitedly tuned in to an interview with Michael Rosen. Michael read and talked about his brilliant new book "Sticky McStickStick". We learned that he was inspired to write this book after a long and difficult recovery from Covid. Sticky McStickStick helped Michael to literally get back on his feet and start to walk again. We now have copies of this wonderful new book in school. Michael answered questions sent in by many schools, Kea School being one of those mentioned in his Q&A session! Finally, Michael treated us all to a reading of his delicious "Chocolate Cake". 
Thank you "Read For Good" for such an inspirational presentation.  
Kea School Reading Challenge 
At Kea School, learning to read and developing a love of reading is a priority. For this reason, we have now established a Kea School Reading Challenge!
Each child in Y1-Y6 has been given Reading Challenge Poster (suitable for their year group). 
During this school year, the aim is to complete some of the reading challenges for special reading challenge certificates. When a challenge has been completed, your child should make a note of the title/ author of the book and the date the book was finished. Bronze, silver and gold challenge certificates are available! Please see the Reading Challenge posters below for more information.

Happy Reading!
The Big Read !
Here at Kea School we love reading!
To celebrate our passion for books we have enjoyed a whole morning dedicated to reading fiction, non fiction, poetry, magazines and all kinds of literature. 
We began with a whole school assembly reflecting on why we enjoy books and how we benefit from a rich reading environment. We listened to the story of "The Man Engine" by Will Coleman. The younger children enjoyed watching the man engine come back to life , whilst the older children learned a little about the important part that mining played in our Cornish heritage.They are now keen to learn more in our "Cousin Jacks" topic later in the year.
Years 4, 5 and 6 were then treated to a session with a new children's author , Scott Jones. Scott introduced the main characters in his book and then read a chapter from his book " The Secret of the Dark Wood". The children were captivated and can't wait to read their own copies of the book to find out what happens!
For the rest of the morning the children took part in various reading activities, such as: creating an alternative book cover for their favourite book, a shared reading session with another class, writing book reviews and recommendations for the school library, compiling their top 10 favourite books, "hot seating" well known story characters, unwrapping their next class story book in a game of pass the parcel and sharing their creative"Shelfie" pictures. At the end of the morning the children snuggled up with blankets and cushions for a cosy storytime.
We had a wonderful morning. Pupil's said:"This has been really fun because we went right into our stories as if we were the real characters !" ..."I can't wait to start our story"... " I want to read the magazines myself so that I can try out some of the science experiments.It has really helped me want to learn more" ....
Staff said "We must do this again but for a whole day! "  
   Reading Celebration Events
Every year we take part in "World Book Day". We all dress up as our favourite book characters and take part in a host of exciting Reading activities, such as "hot seating" famous fictional characters, recreating popular book covers, recommending great reads to our friends and plenty of other fun activities.
We also have an annual "Scholastic Book Fair". The children can browse and buy new books, either brand new publications or some old favourites. The money we raise is then used to buy more new books for our school. 
In 2021 we took part in "200 Million Minutes" supporting children world wide  to read for ten minutes a day. This annual challenge raises the profile of reading in different settings, encouraging children from different backgrounds to read. 
In 2022 we will be taking part in our first Scholastic online Author Events. We will be meeting Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong and Doodle Boy, to name but a few!
Author Events and Festivals
In 2021 We celebrated World Book Day with the author "Sarah Oliver".
She read to every class from a selection of her children's books and then took part in some workshops. Year 1 wrote their own books based on Sarah's book "The Best World Book Week Ever" and Y4 enjoyed their puppet workshop based on "Pollyanne".
In 2021 we also took part in the literacy festival, "Pop Up Festival Presents" when authors, such as Julia Donaldson, Andy Stanton and Smriti Halls live streamed readings and workshops to schools across the UK. We learned how authors use their own life experiences and feelings as inspiration for their books. We also learned to be inspired by our own friends, families, experiences and emotions in our writing.
In 2022  we are looking forward to joining other schools in the "What On Earth" Foundation Literacy Project. We will be part of 2 multi-school virtual author events and 2 virtual book launches. The authors will feature one or of the following authors: Kate Hale; Chris Lloyd; Andrew Pettie; Sally Symes and Steve Tomacek.