Reading and Phonics
We aim to foster enjoyment in reading and a love of books across the school. Class Reading Ambassadors work with their class teachers to promote reading for pleasure in their class. We believe reading is one of the key life skills we will teach children during their time with us and attention is paid to the teaching of reading through different strategies including the importance of learning synthetic phonics. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme which is introduced in our nursery class. This is supported by the online resource Phonics Play and the use of Jolly Phonics resources.
The children are taught how to use the library and how to select books for borrowing. The benefit of spending time with children sharing books together is recognised and therefore each class shares a quality class text on a daily basis. Parents and Carers are encouraged to spend as much time as possible sharing books with their children. In Reception we have a weekly morning session in which parents and carers are encouraged to stay for 15 minutes in the morning and read with their child. Children are started on the banded reading scheme which offers a range of decodable books for beginner readers and introduces high frequency words in the Early Years. Children then progress through the banded reading scheme system which offers fiction and non-fiction texts, including poetry. A wide choice of books is also available in the classrooms and in the library for children to take home. Regular reading at home is an expectation for all children and forms part of our Homework Policy and Home School Agreement.
Different reading skills are explicitly taught using different animals linked to the skill. These can be seen in the following document: Posters for classrooms
Reading Comprehension skills are taught and practiced using a range of available online resources, Cracking Comprehension year group resources, guided reading sessions, class text sessions and individual reading time. Comprehension skills and understanding are continually being assessed by staff and more formal written tests administered termly to support teacher assessments.