We want our pupils to love books and to read for pleasure, as well as to find out about the world around them.
The school's lovely bright library is right in the heart of the building; book fairs and World Book Day are celebrated; the children visit the library bus and take part in the library Summer Reading Challenge.
Teachers spend time sharing books with the children every day, and we give children to opportunity to engage in reading activities in a variety of ways: individual reading to an adult; texts which are shared with the whole class; paired reading to another pupil; guided group reading. We encourage children to apply their developing reading skills across the curriculum.
We use books from a variety of reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree and the phonics-based Phonics Books scheme to ensure that our children develop their skills in all aspects of reading and to support individuals in the specific areas that they need to develop. Our books are banded by level of difficulty and children are encouraged to read broadly at each level to increase their vocabulary and comprehension skills. As well as reading scheme books, the children have access to quality resources which enhance their developing reading skills: flashcards, letters, games and a variety of online programmes and Apps.
Getting the Bug!
Our children begin to learn phonics as soon as they start school, using the daily Phonics Bug programme and we continue to use this throughout key stage one. Mixed-age classes make it easier to ensure that each child has opportunities to consolidate their phonic skills at his or her individual pace, so pupils can repeat parts of the programme if necessary.
We introduce the Sound Discovery phonics programme during Year Two as a small group intervention to reinforce phonics skills. The Sound Discovery programme forms the basis of our phonics and spelling programme in Key Stage Two. Pupils have a weekly spelling test on their phonics words and 'common exception' words. Certificates are awarded in our Stars Assembly to encourage regular practice. We also use the Spellodrome online spelling programme, which encourages and motivates the children to succeed. Our pupils have home access to this.