Our ethos about reading
We believe that children learn to read by reading, reading and more reading. Our school has a strong book culture; books spill out from every corner of the school and every area of each classroom. We have cosy, beautifully resourced book corners with a wide range of fiction both contemporary and traditional, information books, poetry books, as well as decodable books the children can read. We also have a beautiful library which is well maintained and well used by all children. Every week children borrow library books and experience a library skills lesson to support their understanding of book language, retrieval of books, how a library works and of course a love of books. We have authors, poets and illustrators who work with children to share their expertise. In this way our children bump into books at every opportunity all around the school. From our very first meeting with our new parents we stress the importance of a rich, exciting and varied experience of books right from a young baby.
Essential Letters and Sounds Phonics
Every child receives a good quality 30 minutes phonics lesson every day. We follow the Essential Letters and Sounds (ELS) Phonics Programme which is accredited by the DfE. The programme is detailed and systematic, and consists of 5 phases for teaching phonics from Nursery/Reception with the aim of children becoming fluent readers by the age of six. ELS is carefully matched to decodable reading books. Each child brings home a book which supports and reinforces the phonemes they have been learning at school.
Children have the opportunity to change their home/school reading book every day. Parents are invited to support this task each morning. Parents add to teacher's Tapestry observation as a record of what each child has read and an opportunity to write comments based on their experience. The decodable books we use are Oxford Reading Tree and include series such as Project X: Alien Adventures, Hero Academy, Traditional Tales, Little Blending Books, Word Sparks and Floppy's Phonics.