Reading is given a high profile in our school, as we believe all other areas of the curriculum depend upon it.
In the Early Years, the children are taught phonics from the very start of the year and, as soon as they are ready, they are given reading books to take home that are fully decodable, using their phonic knowledge. This gives the children the satisfaction of success. Other reading schemes books, such as Oxford Reading Tree are also used to secure the reading of high frequency words. In class, children have books read to them every day and texts often form the basis of other learning activities, both indoors and outdoors.
Parents and carers are an essential partner in every child’s education: singing songs, saying rhymes and playing games such as ‘I-Spy,’ and shared activities such as these are essential if a child is to make progress. When your child starts school he / she will be given a reading book folder. This folder will come home regularly with a book for you to read to your child, a book to read together or a book for your child to read to you. Please find a quiet spot and read to or with your child each evening; this will give a tremendous boost to developing your child’s reading skills.
Children in the infants will also be given a log-in for ‘Bug Club’, which gives you access at home to a large choice of e-books. Other e-books can be accessed free via the Oxford Owl website, using the following links:
As your child gets older he or she will need access to a range of reading materials such as are available free of charge at the local library.
As the children get older, they are also taught comprehension skills through daily guided reading sessions and using a resource called, “Cracking Comprehension”.
Parents can contribute significantly to their children’s reading skills by talking about books at home. Reading to your child is just as important as hearing your child read!
We aim to foster a love of reading and take part in World Book Day each year.