In Class 1 children start their reading journey with picture books and regular story sessions. These encourage the children to enjoy handling books and explore the pictures whilst telling their own stories. Children progress through a graded reading scheme which encompasses Oxford Reading Tree, Read Write Inc and Big Cat. Children read with an adult or older peer at least 3 times a week. Reading books are taken home Monday to Thursday along with a comment book for a home school dialogue. On a Friday, children choose a story book from the school library. This enables the enjoyable process of reading to continue over the weekend. Children extend their literacy questioning and comprehension skills through book discussion sessions within a group or whole class setting.
In Class 1 children begin to recognise and learn phonics from Reception throughout Key stage 1. We follow a programme of systematic, synthetic phonics called Letters and Sounds. This comprises of progressive activities, games and lessons which enable children to develop their phonemic awareness when spelling, reading and writing. During the Reception year this programme is supported by a kinetic letters approach called Jolly Phonics. Each letter sound is taught alongside a matching action. This action is used when playing games and forming the correct letter shape.
Each child will have the opportunity to read to an adult in class on a regular basis. This will be an opportunity for each child to read an age and ability appropriate book from our reading scheme. An informed comment based on national curriculum reading expectations will be made in the child’s school reading record. These will include observations regarding decoding, use of grammar, comprehension, expression and inference.
Guided reading groups consist of a focused, teacher-led reading session with a small group of children. This gives children the opportunity to interrogate a book together. These sessions are ‘guided’ by the teacher or adult and children are encouraged to show their understanding of a text, make predictions, discuss characters’ feelings and author choices within a small group of their peers.
All children are encouraged to read regularly at home, whether it be school reading schemes books, a book of their own choosing, magazines, comics etc. all of which can be documented in their home/school reading record. You can help your child’s reading progress by ensuring that the words are read correctly (approximately 90% per page) and by asking questions about character and events in the text.
For details regarding the reading book bands and schemes please see the Reading Bands Information Booklet.
Mr B’s Reading at Home Presentation
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