At Lee Brigg Infant & Nursery School we use a wide range of books and reading schemes. The variety of text types we offer allows the children to have the opportunity to access rich reading materials which appeal to their different interests. Books are carefully categorised so that children are able to choose books at the appropriate level for their ability or specific needs. We provide a rich literate environment in which children are encouraged to develop a love of books and reading.
At Lee Brigg Infant & nursery School we have a school library where children can regularly choose a book to take home.
We hold a meeting for Reception children’s parents early in the autumn term in order to explain our reading schemes, procedures and expectations.
We carefully monitor the children’s reading at home and encourage parents to be fully active and engaged with us in this, in order to support their child’s ongoing development. As well as their reading books, children take home flashcards to practise and develop their recognition of high frequency words.
Phonics is taught throughout Early Years and Key Stage One to give our children a secure base upon which their reading can grow. We follow the Letters and Sounds document. Letters and Sounds begins in nursery with phase 1, which involves listening to and matching sounds including everyday sounds within the environment. We use the ‘Literacy Launchpad’ approach to ensure that the children have the skills necessary to begin to learn and embed the letter sounds that they will be introduced to.
When children are secure in these pre phonic skills, teaching and learning moves onto phase 2 which introduces the letter sounds and names of the alphabet. At this phase pupils are taught how to blend and segment sounds within words. Once pupils are confident with the letters and sounds of the alphabet they will be introduced to more complex sounds for example digraphs and trigraphs. A digraph is a single sound, or phoneme, which is represented by two letters and a trigraph consists of three letters.
Foundation Stage use ‘Jolly Phonics’ materials to support their daily group work. Children in Year 1 take part in daily phonics lessons where a systematic approach is taken to the learning of synthetic phonics.
At the end of Year 1 pupils complete a statutory phonics screening task which assesses pupil’s phonic knowledge and ability to segment and blend sounds in order to read a range of real and nonsense words.
In Year 2, once their phonic knowledge is secure, children move on to learning spelling strategies and rules.
In the Reception classes children read to an adult individually at least once a week. In both Reception and Key Stage One, guided reading with a teacher or teaching assistant also takes place once a week, where possible in Key Stage one children are also heard read individually.
If children are working below their chronological reading age, targeted intervention and support is put in place. Children in all classes still have access to story time or have a class book for a sustained period. This ensures that reading is correctly modelled to children as well as giving them the opportunity to enjoy being read to!
Further opportunities for speaking and listening, reading and writing are provided through ongoing cross curricular work in each class.