Reading is the key for children to unlock many other subjects. We actively promote reading for pleasure by providing children with rich resources and a library area where they can access a range of texts. Teachers, TAs and our Librarian help the children to make informed choices.
We encourage independent reading and ask parents to support this by listening to children read at home at least three times a week (from 4 years old up to 11 years old). We predominately use 'Oxford Reading Tree' books to develop early reading skills and this is supplemented with a range of other resources.
Children will read in class every day. At least once a week, every child will have a 'Guided Reading' session with their teacher. This involves sharing and discussing text, and working on individual and group reading targets.
Phonics is a systematic way of learning to read. Children are taught the sounds that letters make and how to blend them together to 'sound out' words. Phonics is taught using the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. The teachers also use and adapt other resources to compliment these lessons.
Some of our children benefit from BRP (Better Reading Partnerships) which enables them to catch up with their peers. They will work 1:1 with a teaching assistant, following an intensive 10 week programme.