Our aim is to develop children's abilities to communicate effectively through speech and writing, to listen with understanding and to be enthusiastic and responsive readers with a love of books. We use the best traditional and modern methods to enhance the children's learning.
We encourage parents to take an active part in the reading process, through the use of individual Reading Record and Book Review Books and through personal contact with the class teacher. We aim to provide a rich language environment and a good selection of fiction and non-fiction books. The children have at least two reading books each week (including library books) which are based on guidance by their teacher and the children have independence in their choice as well.
Children are able to access a range of reading books which are colour coded throughout Foundation and Key Stage 1. When children become independent readers they are able to choose books of interest as appropriate.
From entering Early Years, children are taught using Letters and Sounds, which is a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills, each day. This continues into Key Stage 2 where it is revisited and revised to assist with reading and to support children's knowledge of spelling rules.
Children read with an adult regularly. This varies depending upon the age and ability of the child. Through independent reading, guided reading, shared reading and reading for pleasure, children are given regular opportunities to develop and extend their reading skills.
As the children move through the school, they are taught a variety of skills to support their reading confidence. This includes such strategies as using the pictures to look for clues, reading with expression, predicting what might happen, retrieving information from the page to answer comprehension questions. Further higher order reading skills are taught too, including developing the children's ability to infer and deduce meaning from the text.
Reading at home is encouraged throughout the school. Our library is full of books of varying ability and genre. The children have a library slot each week where they are able to choose a book of their choice. We are also in the process of setting up an electronic library where children will be able to choose and read books from an electronic library as often as they like with school and home access, allowing the children even more choice and enrichment in their reading.
Overall we aim to give children the tools of learning, which they can confidently use in any situation they may meet.
Our Phonics scheme is called Letters and Sounds.