Reading is at the heart of all learning and is valued and celebrated across the school.
We aspire for all children to read for pleasure to enable them to develop an effective literacy skillset during their time at school.
We believe that children who read for pleasure are motivated to read regularly.
Children are encouraged to read widely and often, and are supported to make their own book choices from the school library as well as sharing and reading texts in the classroom.
‘Acquiring literacy is an empowering process, enabling millions to enjoy access to knowledge and information which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates alternatives for building a better life. ‘
Kofi Annan (Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations)
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Teaching Reading in the Early Years and Year 1
To develop the key skills in reading, all children in the Early Years and Year One take part in daily phonics sessions following the Letters and Sounds programme. In these sessions there is a focus on learning skills to decode words independently. The Letters and Sounds phases 1-5 are taught from the Nursery to Year One and the children in Reception and Year One are grouped into letters and sounds phases to enable them to learn at a pace which is appropriate for their learning style. All children are expected to have been taught phase 5 by the time they join Year Two.
Alongside their daily phonics session, all children also take part in a weekly guided reading session with the teacher or a teaching assistant to consolidate their reading skills . In these sessions, the children in reception read texts linked to their Letters and Sounds phase from the Dandelion Readers reading scheme, whilst the children in Year One develop their breadth in reading by sharing a range of phonetically decodable texts from the Collins Big Cat Phonics and Bug Club reading schemes alongside the Dandelion Readers. Within these sessions, the children’s comprehension skills are developed alongside their ability to decode words independently.
The children also practise their reading skills by using a range of other phonetically decodable texts including those from Songbirds. These texts are provided within classrooms for the children to read and enjoy and are also sent home for the children to practise their reading skills.