Reading is an essential element of all learning and a fundamental life skill. We read aloud to children from the youngest to the oldest at school, fostering a lifelong love of language and story telling with age appropriate texts. We begin teaching sounds (phonics) in nursery, and children learn to recognise the character (graphemes) which correspond to initial sounds. This teaching becomes more explicit as they start in reception and continues throughout years one and two. We also encourage the use of pictures and other clues to help children decode stories. Talking about books and stories is hugely important too, so that children really understand what they're reading and are curious about new vocabulary.
Children bring books home from their earliest days in school. We ask parents to read with and to their children as often as possible. Early reading books are levelled carefully and children work systematically through each level at their own pace.
Children will read aloud in school as often as possible. Much of their reading will be done in English lessons and will include guided reading in groups and individual reading. All of the children will bring books home to read and parents can comment in their reading records.
Our wonderful school library is open during break times and lunchtimes, Monday - Friday for pupils to borrow books, this is managed by Mrs Kelsey with her team of Y4 librarians.