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Reading is a fundamental life skill and as such we place a huge amount of importance on the development of good phonological knowledge and the acquisition of early reading skills.

 

Reading

We use Accelerated Reading which calculates a reading level for the children and a range of fiction and non-fiction books can then by matched to the childrens' level. Parents are encourage to register for e-mail alerts to show when their child has finished a book and completed a quiz.  

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Reading books are sent home regularly. KS1 use a mixture of Oxford Reading Tree book, project X books and other age appropriate books. When appropriate, children are given books at their level using the AR system.

Phonics

To ensure the teaching of phonics is consistent throughout the Early Years and KS1, all staff have regular phonic refresher training.

In the Early Years (Nursery & Reception) systematic daily phonics is taught, using the Letters and Sounds. Reading books are selected to enhance phonological awareness and promote early reading skills through high quality, fun texts. 

In Year 1 & Year 2, staff also teach daily phonics but the pupils are grouped into the phonics phases to ensure all learning needs are met. Children from KS2 who are identified as needing a boost to their phonics knowledge also attend these daily sessions. Children are screened regularly to ensure rapid progress is achieved.

The pupils in Years 3 to 6 who are on-track with their phonological development are taught age-appropriate spellings, which are sent home each week.

Reading in the Early Years

Children in Early Years read to an adult team member twice a week. Picture books and library books of interest are sent home weekly. 

Reading books linked to their weekly phonics are sent home when the teachers feels the child is ready to access the books in relation to their phonological knowledge.

Reading in Year 1 and Year 2

All children are heard read at least once a week by the class teacher in Guided Reading sessions and at least once more during the week. Targeted reading groups are identified each term to support the development of reading for those children who may be falling behind. 

Adult volunteers also attend school regularly to listen to readers but we encourage parents to listen to their child read every day and record what they have read and how they have read in the reading journals.

Reading in Years 3 to 6

All children are heard read at least once a week by the class teacher in Guided Reading sessions and at least once more during the week.

Adult volunteers also attend school regularly to listen to readers but we encourage parents to listen to their child read every day and record what they have read and how they have read in the reading journals.

Guided Reading

Guided reading takes place in Year 1 – Year 6 each week with each group of pupils. Guided Reading takes place outside English lessons.  These sessions are designed to teach children the necessary skills for reading well and to assist teachers in monitoring children’s progress in reading.

During Guided Reading sessions, one group of children is guided by the teacher, one group is taking part in a follow-up activity in class, one group may be reading for pleasure and one group may be completed AR reading quizzes.

The school has a subscription with First News, a children’s newspaper, which is published each week. Classes have access to the newspaper at different times throughout the week.

The School Library

Our school library is now a welcoming place where children want to come and read!  It has recently been moved to its own dedicated room with access available at both playtime and lunchtime. 

It now houses all our fiction and non-fiction reading books. The library reference books have been catalogued using the Dewey system and library skills training is given to all children so they can learn to use the library properly to support their learning. All classes are encouraged to use the library as regularly as possible to engage children in the wonder of books and the joy of reading. 

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