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Our Approach To Reading

Our Approach to Reading

Learning to read is very closely linked to learning the letters and sounds that make up the English language. We teach children to read quickly and skilfully using a systematic synthetic phonics approach to learning these sounds. This is based on the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme but adapted to suit the needs of our children. This can include the addition of actions and songs from the Jolly Phonics as well as interactive games and songs. These adaptations allow us to ensure we are allowing all children to make the best possible progress in their phonics and reading development . Phonics is taught as a discrete lesson in Early Years through to the end of Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2 as appropriate.

As children in Early Years learn sounds and blending skills they read individual decodable phonics books from the Pearson Phonics Bug scheme which are closely matched to their developing knowledge. Once they know a good range of sounds and can confidently match letters to sounds and blend short words and sentences independently the children move to ‘colour-banded’ books. This allows the children to read books that are closely matched to their developing skills.  We provide a breadth of reading across a range of published reading schemes so that children are able to access a variety of texts to keep them engaged during their journey to literacy. Our book band colours match the Pearson colour banded scheme.

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. In addition to the books that children may take home for daily reading, we also provide access to high quality online books through our school subscription to Pearson ‘Bug Club’.

When children are ready to move onto chapter books, they are enrolled in the accelerated reader scheme (AR). Children are periodically assessed through an online reading quiz that provides them with their personal reading range. This supports children to steadily build on their reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. Children take short quizzes upon completion of books they read to assess and support their understanding along the way.

We have a very well stocked and regularly refreshed library and guided reading selection to support continued development in reading from Year 1 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 every day 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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