Children are taught the essential skills of reading (word recognition and comprehension) whilst also using a rich and varied range of literature and information texts to further develop what they already know and extend their vocabulary. Our aim is for all children to foster a love of reading and encourage them to read for pleasure.
At Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children’s word recognition will be assessed using the Essenntial Letters and Sounds materials and York standardised reading. These assessments will also take place, informally, more frequently if a child is experiencing reading difficulties.
Our core reading scheme, the Oxford Reading Tree, is supplemented by a selection of books from other commercial schemes and also a range of good quality paper backs and hard backed books. This gives children the opportunity to develop their reading skills with texts which have appropriate vocabulary and sentence structure. Children in Reception and Year 1 also receive phonic texts related to their learning in school to give them the opportunity to practsie and apply phonic reading skills.
Children also have access to a wide range of reading material with varying levels of difficulty, which they will be encouraged to read for pleasure and for information. Books have been graded and colour coded to facilitate selection of appropriate material.
At all stages children will be given advice about the books they should choose to read. Children should be given and encouraged to read books with 95% accuracy.