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Reading                                                             

Reading is developed through:

  • providing a wide range of genre classified reading material and opportunities for children to select from this for entertainment and information
  • use of a structured system of reading books for emerging readers which are banded according to difficulty
  • weekly guided reading sessions with the class teacher
  • shared reading of high quality and inspirational texts during English lessons
  • opportunities for quiet reading

Reading Books

  • Children in foundation, year 1 and year 2 will have their reading closely monitored and regularly assessed by teachers and teaching assistants. Teaching assistants will meet regularly with their class teacher to discuss development in children’s reading.
  • Children may take home 3 reading books a week maximum.
  • KS1 reading books are organised according to reading stage from stage 1 – stage 11 - Oxford Reading Tree, (book bands pink -lime). There is also a collection of books for children beyond stage 11, (book bands brown – burgundy). These books contain a mixture of specially chosen fiction and non-fiction that challenge advanced readers whilst still retaining appropriate and stimulating age-related content.
  • Teachers and teaching assistants keep parents regularly informed of their child’s reading, noting in the organiser whenever they have a new book or hear the child read individually. Parents also note in the organiser when they have heard the child read at home.
  • Children in KS2 have access to the main school library. Teachers and teaching assistants will monitor the books chosen by children, ensuring that they are choosing books of an appropriate level.
  • The library is organised by genre and contains a wide and varied mix of different text types, authors, writing styles and interests. 
  • Teaching assistants have access to a collection of books to give to children in KS2 not yet working above stage 11 (book band white/lime). These books are kept in the classroom. Some of these books have been specially selected for children who have a high level of comprehension but struggle with decoding and blending, ensuring that interest level is suitable for upper KS2 pupils.
  • Pupils note down in their organisers when they have a new reading book and when they read at home. Teachers and teaching assistants will also write in organisers if they have listened to a pupil read individually.

Phonics

All children in foundation- year 2 will receive regular phonics sessions to improve and consolidate reading and spelling strategies, so that by the end of key stage 1, children have fluent word reading skills and have a good foundation in spelling. The school follows the government issued ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme with the aim of all children completing phase 6 by the end of KS1. Some children may have to continue regular phonics sessions in year 3 if they do not reach this standard. 

Phonics is developed through: 

  • the use of the Letters and Sounds scheme in Foundation and Key Stage 1, (continuing in Key Stage 2 for some children, if necessary)
  • discrete, daily 20 minute sessions, in same ability groups in Foundation and Key Stage 1
  • practising blending and segmenting, as well as the sounds and letter names, through literacy based activities.