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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 Early Years through to the end of Key Stage 1.

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 individual reading books that follow the Oxford Reading Tree book levels.  This allows the children to read books that are closely matched to their developing decoding skills. This approach continues in Years 1 and 2 with children being taught to recognise and read high frequency words before moving on to chapter books, when their ability allows.

We have a very well stocked library and guided reading selection to support continued development in reading from Year 2 to Year 6.  Guided reading books are used by teachers to develop reading, vocabulary and comprehension skills.  The children's input into selecting, organising and categorising books in our library means they are able to make independent selections, value books and love being in the library.  We also promote and develop reading through after-school and lunchtime book clubs.

We encourage our children to read at home as well as at school and provide levelled reading books and library books to take home.

We use a variety of opportunities throughout the school year for parents to come and enjoy reading in school as well as to learn about how to support reading at home.  These include phonics sessions for Early Years and Year 1 parents and reading breakfasts from Year 2 onwards.

To see an overview of reading progression in our school click here.

To read the DfE's top ten tips for hearing children read visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/10-top-tips-to-encourage-children-to-read/10-top-tips-to-encourage-children-to-read



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