Reading is a core skill which is key to pupils’ learning in all subjects. Our children are encouraged to read widely in order to gain skills which can be applied across the curriculum.
Our children access a wide variety of books in school. Each child takes home a reading book which will match your child’s independent reading ability. There are opportunities for children to change these books during the week once they have been read at home.
For the early readers Oxford Reading Tree is the main spine of our scheme. This is supplemented with a wide range of phonetically decodable books, as well as books which rely on the child’s knowledge of sight words. The books offer a range of genre, such as plays, stories and poetry as well as non-fiction texts, such as recounts, information and instructions. Other books include the All Aboard, Rigby and National Geographic series.
Guided reading is an important element of enhancing reading throughout the school. This is conducted on a regular basis within small groups. One of the groups will work with the class teacher and another group will work with the teaching assistant appointed to their class. Within their group children work on a book which is pitched just above their current independent reading level. It is during these sessions that the class teacher will explicitly teach and develop reading skills; word-recognition and comprehension. Groups working independently will have a particular task based on aspects of reading e.g. summarising the plot, illustrating, generating questions, and finding the definition of unfamiliar words. In addition to this the children may be working collaboratively to discuss the current reading taking place or may be involved in reading a wider genre of books, stories, poems, magazines and comics.
Phonics is taught throughout Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 on a daily basis. The children are taught using the suggested format in the “Letters and Sounds” publication and then this is implemented through the videos and activities within Espresso Phonics. The lessons are further supplemented by the introduction of LCP Phonics and other websites as and when appropriate.