Reading skills are taught as soon as children join us in Reception and continue until they leave the school.
The younger children are grouped and taught Letters and Sounds each day. This is a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and continues as long as the child requires it. For most children this will end in Year 2. Some children may need this to continue in the following year. Children who require alternative approaches to learning their letters and sounds, may be taught through a range of intervention techniques.
As the children move through the school, they are taught a variety of skills to support their reading confidence. This includes such strategies as using the pictures to look for clues, reading with expression, predicting what might happen, retrieving information from the page to answer comprehension questions. More higher order reading skills a re-taught too, including developing the children’s ability to infer and deduce meaning from the text.
The books are colour banded and progress through stages of learning until the children become more independent readers. When this happens we have a selection of books to enable the transition from colour book banded books to more independent chapter books, to be smooth.
Our school library is full of books of varying ability too. The children have a library slot each week, where they are able to change their independent book. The staff still aim to guide and support the children with their independent book choices. They are also able to choose from a variety of non-fiction books.
For each 'read' that children complete at home, they receive a star to add to a reading chart kept in the classroom. Children continue to collect stars every day (after) they read at home and upon completion of red, yellow and green cards they are allowed to choose a prize from the reward box. The green card also brings an invitation to an Afternoon of Books and Cakes - a reward chosen by our Reading Ambassadors - where they enjoy afternoon tea with Mrs Murray.
Children learn best when home and school work closely together. Please see the documents below for ways to support you with hearing your child read at home.