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Reading

READING

 

We believe that reading is a partnership between the school, home and our wider community.

 

“Reading is a life skill it feeds children’s imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious minds.” 

(The National Curriculum 2013.)

 

Year R

 

Reading is integral to our rich and diverse curriculum and begins as soon as children enter our school in Year R developing their use of language through role play, familiar stories, storytelling and child initiated play.

 

Phonics is key to successful reading. Our early readers will begin their reading journey

through the structure of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Initial  sounds of the

alphabet are taught and used in a variety of ways to enable  children to blend sounds

together to read individual words. As the children progress through the year they learn

to recognise and read digraphs (/oo/ /ai/) and trigraphs (/igh/ /ear/) as they develop their

fluency to read whole sentences. Running alongside the teaching of phonics children improve

their visual memory skills and sight vocabulary by learning key words that cannot be read

phonetically e.g. was, the, said.

 

Year 1

 

Children enrich and enhance their love of reading by broadening and deepening their experiences through different genres which further develops their fluency and understanding.

 

The reading journey continues in Year 1 building on the phonics foundation taught in Year R by learning alternative phonic patterns (e.g. play / plane / rain) and being able to apply this strategy to decode unfamiliar words. Children expand their knowledge of different word uses and how it affects the meaning and their understanding of the text; such as tenses being changed by suffixes e.g. jump – jumping – jumped.

 

Daily reading and re-reading of familiar texts improves children’s fluency enabling them to be confident readers who can discuss and share their opinions are, wherever possible, integrated within the current project.

 

Our Reading Strategies

- Sound out and blend the word.

- Chunk longer words into syllables.

- Skip the word and then go back.

- Read the sentence again and check it makes sense!

 

Children enrich and enhance their love of reading by broadening and deepening their experiences through different genres which further develops their fluency and understanding.

 

 

Phonics is key to successful reading. Our early readers will begin their reading journey through the structure of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme. Initial sounds of the alphabet are taught

and used in a variety of ways to enable children to blend sounds together to read individual words.

As the children progress through the year they learn to recognise and read digraphs (/oo/ /ai/)

and trigraphs (/igh/ /ear/) as they develop their fluency to read whole sentences.

 

Running alongside the teaching of phonics children improve their visual memory skills and

sight vocabulary by learning key words that cannot be read phonetically e.g. was, the, said.

 

 

Year 2

 

Throughout Year 2 children continue to develop an increased independence of the application of reading strategies, as well as their ability to make sense of what they have read and through the use of inference, gain knowledge and understanding of meaning beyond the text.

 

Building on their previous phonic knowledge children learn about the most

frequently used rules that govern word construction and use, such as suffixes,

plurals and word exceptions. Children extend their knowledge and understanding

of how tenses are changed by endings in words e.g. -ness / -ful / -less / -ly and

that some words can be spelt in different ways, their/there/they’re, and begin to

understand their use in different contexts.

 

Children are introduced to increasingly complex texts that create a sense of

suspense, humour and interest which strengthens and sustains their stamina to read at length.

 

By the end of Year 2 children are increasingly using their reading skills to research, refine and present their findings to a range of audiences.