Approaches to Reading 

We teach Early Reading through Read, Write Inc phonics, then build upon the skills they have learnt with Reading lessons from Year 2 onwards, which use Reading Gems to support comprehension skills. Reading Gem lessons take place 4 times per week and focus on language acquisition, fluency and comprehension skills.

Children are given the opportunity to read during DEAR (Drop everything and read) sessions; they have a weekly library session to introduce different authors and genres as well as having time to choose a book to take home and they listen to the teacher read in daily class story time(Class Read). 

At home, we ask that the children read daily for apporoximately 10 minutes.  Individual reading books are provided to all children following the Read, Write, Inc reading scheme (children on the phonics scheme) or our banded benchmarked books (children off the phonics scheme) ). Once children, complete the reading schemes they are 'Free Readers' and can choose library/class books to read.  In addition to these books, children take home a book from the school library which, for younger children, an adult can read to them.  The purpose of this book is to promote a love of reading and exposure to a wider range of text types and vocabulary. All children have a reading record for home/chool liasion and a leaflet to support them with comprehension at home (see files) . 

We encourage children and parents to foster a love of reading together and encourage daily reading through our Reading Badge Competition. Children across the school can earn bagdes for every 10 books they read. .

Teachers or teaching assistants will also read one-to-one with children each week across school.  Where required, children are given additional opportunities to read and share a story with an adult or older child.    

We also have Reading Ambassadors in school, who prootoe reading throughout all the classes, through knowledge of the library, recommending texts, encouraging outdoor reading, reading with younger children, writing out termly newsletter. 

Each year we also have a book fair from which children and parents are invited to buy new reading materials to develop an interest in reading.

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For Ebooks that can be read at home:



Read, Write, Inc. - phonics and reading programme in EYFS and KS1 (some children may continue to access in Y3 or 4)

Reading Gems - all children who are secure in their phonics move onto studying the content domains by collecting reading gems! This incorporates vocabulary from the rest of the curriculum. 

Narrative Immersion Texts - children will experience teaching through key texts whereby teachers will use books as the vehicle through which to deliver much of their curriculum content and make links across the curriculum.

Collect the Badges Reading competition!  ALL children are encouraged to join in our reading challenge. 



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