Reading is an essential skill, permeating all areas of learning and opening doors to knowledge and information. We aim to provide as much printed material as possible in different situations and incorporate reading for a purpose within classroom activities.
We offer a wide selection of modern reading material and use a whole range of teaching strategies including phonics, to support progress in reading and writing. We also place great importance on children selecting suitable books for themselves from our class and school libraries. We want the children to be able to read for a variety of purposes with confidence, but most importantly for pleasure!
A great deal of research has looked at the development of successful readers. Alongside varied and wide-ranging strategies used within schools, the support given at home was found to be of paramount importance. We send reading material home from the outset and hope that you will help your children by showing a genuine interest and giving up a little of your time. Time spent sharing a book should be enjoyable for parent and child and we can give parents helpful advice in achieving this. We offer guidance in helping your children to learn to read and once they are independent readers, advice on how to help them further.
Initially children are taught to read on a one-to-one basis in Foundation Stage. Once they have mastered the basic decoding skills, they progress onto guided reading in groups, where children read together under the guidance of an adult.