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Our Approach To Reading

Learning to read is very closely linked to learning the letters and sounds that make up the English language. We use a systematic approach to learning these sounds based on the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme. Phonics is taught as a discrete lesson in the early years of school life.

When a child knows a good range of sounds and can confidently match letters to sounds and blend short words independently, then they are moved to the reading scheme. The reading scheme books that we use in Reception are from the 'Phonics Bug' scheme. The approach continues in years 1 and 2 with children being taught to recognise and read high frequency words before moving to the Oxford Reading Scheme and chapter books, when their ability allows.

All of our children take home a levelled reading book according to their ability to help to foster a love of reading and an individual reading response to reading real books. Book boxes and reading areas are an integrated part of each classroon learning environment. Every child has a home school reading record for staff and parents to share information about their child's reading.