We start our reading journey in Nursery with picture books to develop the love of reading before we move on to one or two word simple sentences on each page. In Reception, we encourage early reading through decodable books that our children take home, starting off with one or two words moving on to longer sentences. In Reception, our children also take part in weekly guided reading sessions to enable each child to discuss, infer and comprehend a book. Children are taught phonics through the Letters and Sounds programme throughout EYFS and flash cards are sent home for parents to support at home and phonics workshops are ran to give parents information and ideas on how to support at home.
In Key Stage one, we work hard to continue the good start in EYFS with regards to learning to read. Within Year One, Read Write Inc books are used to link with the sounds being learnt in the Letters and Sounds daily phonics sessions, so that children have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills immediately through the reading of a book.
It is our aim that all children enter Year Two as strong readers. We therefore continue grouping for ‘Read, Write Inc’ synthetic phonics, where children are taught in small groups of similar ability. We also have interventions such as one-to-one phonics so that no child is left behind.
In KS1 it is normal for a child to re-read the same book several times until the teacher is confident they fully understand the book. Comprehension is vital at this age.
Once children have reached the National expectation in phonics, they begin a more formal approach to English lessons. This programme of teaching follows on from the pace and passion needed in phonics to continue to make outstanding readers by developing comprehension skills, fostering a love of reading and becoming accomplished writers.
The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of reading are as follows:
Each half term, children who have read at least 4 times each week are entered into a raffle. One winner from EYFS, KS1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2 are picked and they then choose a book from Amazon
From Spring 2, we will announce each Friday the class with the highest percentage of children who are reading at least 4 times each week. They will choose a reward for the following Friday. The percentages will appear on our website and on our weekly newsletter.
Read Write Inc
Letters and Sounds
Oxford Reading Tree
Collins Big Cat
Collins Big Cat (Y3 only)