Reading is an important part of daily life at our school and children are encouraged to read from a young age. Children begin to develop a love of books from entry into Nursery; this is also where we begin our delivery of phonics and children start to be introduced to Monster Phonics: the scheme the school uses to teach systematic synthetic phonics (along with learning phonics through environmental sounds). When children move into Reception, daily synthetic phonics teaching becomes part of the delivered curriculum and Monster Phonics is used on a daily basis. Children take books home that are aligned to the sounds they have learnt at school. This is also linked to the school reading programme which follows children until they reach free reader status. After a phonics input, children are given the opportunity to apply their learning. In Year 2, the transition is made to whole class texts in guided reading. Children are also encouraged to always have a second book they are reading for pleasure, a book they select from the school library or one that a teacher has recommended for them.
The overview below outlines the school's approach to reading including its over-arching aims, how it implements strategies to move towards those aims and and what that will look like in children.
All children will move through the banded books scheme we employ at the school. This incorporates Monster Phonics followed by books that are banded into colours. Teachers will assess when children are ready to move to a new coloured book band. The document outlines the expectations of children's reading ability and comprehension when they are reading within a certain band and makes it clear what needs to be seen before a child is moved onto the next stage. Once completed, children will become free readers although teachers will still monitor reading habits including genre choices and content.
RECOMMENDED READING LIST AND SCHOOL TESTIMONIALS
Please see the reviews below from visiting authors about the school. You will also find a recommended reading list that gives ideas on the kinds of books children may enjoy reading and are pitched at their age group. All books on the list are well known to Princess Frederica and are recommended as suitable for the age-groups outlined on the attached documents.
Please visit the phonics page to find out more information about the school's approach to phonics and helpful resources.
To find out more about how the school teaches writing, please click on the link below.
ENGLISH CURRICULUM PRESENTATION