Approach to Reading
Nursery and Reception
The learning principles of the English strategy Talk for Writing are immediately begun in EYFS, to develop basic skills and the early fostering of the love of reading books. Daily discreet phonic lessons, following Jolly Phonics, are in place, with planned opportunities for the children to develop their communication and language skills on a daily basis in both adult led and child initiated activities. A range of reading schemes, big books, story sacks and core books as well as book banded books are used to support early readers.
Children in the Foundation Stage classes take home an Oxford Reading Tree book from school and parents are encouraged to read the book with their child and then record on their effort and progress.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 daily phonics lessons, following Letters and Sounds, are taught in ability groups while children have daily mixed ability English lessons with an emphasis on the Talk for Writing strategies. Children take part in both guided and individual reading sessions and have regular story times to develop a love of reading. A Reading Squad approach is taken to guided reading whereby children are in small groups and read with an adult every day.
In KS1 children take home a levelled book according to their ability. This may be from the Oxford Reading Tree series or Bug Club. Each child has a reading folder and a home school reading record that teachers and parents can use to share information about a child’s reading. Parents are encouraged to read with their child daily.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 children take part in daily guided reading sessions: lower Key Stage 2 following a more structured group approach using books from the Bug Club series, and upper Key Stage 2 using a whole class approach using longer texts often loaned from the library. As part of these sessions, children complete short comprehension and text-based activities within reading journals. Children also enjoy a class novel which is read at the teacher’s discretion at a time within the day. Extra provision is made for children who require support through intervention programmes and differentiated class teaching.
In Key Stage 2 children choose books to take home and read from their class library. Those children who still require a more structured approach to reading have access to the banded Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club series of books to help them continue to grow in confidence as readers with a text that appears appropriate for their age group. We still encourage all readers to share a book at home with their grown-ups at least three times per week. We believe that this not only helps to develop inferential skills, but also supports a lifelong love of reading.