Pre Reading Skills:

  • Speaking & Listening opportunities are provided throughout the setting for one to one, group discussions and as a whole class.
  • There are role play areas both inside and out and small world play and imaginative play is encouraged in all areas. Any evidence of speaking & listening and or reading skills are recorded in the children’s individual Learning Journals freely available in class.
  • Any children with speech and language difficulties are referred for Speech and language assessment as soon as possible and therapy arranged if needed.
  • BLAST sessions are provided for those children with speaking and/or listening difficulties. These are daily 20 minute sessions for a group of no more than 6 children at a time.

Reading Skills:

  • Discrete daily phonics sessions are planned for, based on Letters and Sounds and using some Jolly Phonics resources, to develop the children’s reading skills quickly from entering Reception. Any children displaying difficulties are given extra support and the lessons are differentiated as necessary.
  • The children’s phonic knowledge is assessed on entry and then at the end of each term. Tracking is kept in the class ‘Assessment file and a copy in each child’s Learning Journal.
  • Whole class reading of a Big Book or from the Interactive Whiteboard where skills are taught discreetly are planned for each week and focussed tasks are linked to reading at least 60% of Literacy lessons.
  • Reading for enjoyment at Story time is a routine before home in the Reception class which the children thoroughly enjoy. The books chosen usually link to the current topic but some children’s favourites are often included on request.
  • Parents are encouraged to support their children when learning to read and a Home School Record Book is sent home each Friday with messages to and from parents.
  • Story Sacks are sent home each Friday from starting in Reception. Each sack is themed and contains a story book and a related non-fiction book, toys, a game (for the family to play) and an activity sheet to be completed as homework. When returned to school the homework is filed in the child’s Home School Record book and the child receives a House Point on a Friday to collect towards certificates and prizes. Records are kept in the Story Sack file.
  • Home reading is started in Reception during the Autumn Term and a variety of fiction, non fiction and poetry books (mainly based on the Oxford Reading Scheme) are sent home with a Diary for parents to note progress and difficulties etc.
  • Guided Reading in small groups is commenced when the class teacher assesses the children are confident and able. The books are chosen from specific sets of books which have not been read at home but which follow the same characters and themes as the home reading scheme and include fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. These books challenge the children to develop and consolidate their reading and comprehension skills.
  • The class practitioners listen to the children read individually as often as possible and a dedicated practitioner listens to children each Monday and Wednesday mornings. We keep a folder with each child’s current class reading book and record sheet available at all times for when opportunities arise. Our aim is for at least three times a week for most children and daily for those children on pupil premium. Parent helpers are encouraged to come into class to read with children individually when the children have settled in.
  • All individual and guided reading is recorded and kept in our Reading File where each child’s progress can be tracked and book lists are available.
  • Displays in the classroom, outside in the garden area or in the school corridor usually contain links to reading, celebrate the children’s work and are usually interactive.
  • The children often work together to create class books such as currently there is ‘Transport in the snow’, ‘Bird Identification’ and an ‘Animal footprint’ book which the children have contributed to.
  • Focussed play challenges are also often linked to reading such as our phonic dice game where at first cvc words can be squirted with coloured water, or built using phoneme pebbles, jelly letters, cubes, velcro letters etc.
  • The class visit our school library to borrow books for topic work etc and children are encouraged to take part in Library holiday reading schemes.
  • Topics are changed each half term and the books in the different ares are changed to link with current topics such as in the Nature Area there are currently books about birds and British wildlife and winter and in the Construction and Small World areas there are books about toys and transport.
  • We have a specific Story Corner where our home story is read each afternoon and where the children can access their own books and read in our dedicated area with sofa, cushions etc and where there are also puppets, soft toys, Sing it and Rhyming bags etc to enhance the children’s experience. This is also replicated outside in our Garden Reading Corner where a trug of current topic books are taken with cushions etc.
  • The children are very enthusiastic when it comes to any theme days such as ‘ World Book Day’ or e.g. our recent ‘Frozen’ day and come dressed as characters to take part in the activities planned. 

 

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