Our aim is to develop children’s competence in reading and comprehension using a variety of strategies including phonics, whole word recognition, contexts and picture cues. We believe children need to be taught reading skills for life and to be able to comprehend a text by learning retrieval skills, interpreting information and give reasons for the choice of language and ideas that an author might use. We follow the ‘Reading with DERIC’ approach - Decode, Explain, Retrieve, Interpret, Choose.
We provide a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. Oxford Reading Tree is our core theme and we have a wide selection of both Story Spark and In fact books to enthuse and inspire our children as we carefully teach them the structured skills they need. In addition the children are also taught through shared reading of a text as well as enjoying a daily story time and through a guided reading session. This involves children participating in high quality discussions from a range of texts, including poetry, stories and non-fiction.
Each child’s progress is carefully tracked and we greatly value the contribution of parents as they complete the reading record, the Yellow reading diary, as we believe that helping children to make progress in their reading is most successful when done in partnership between home and school.
Each week during their regular library slot the children select a book that interests them from our well-resourced library which they can share with their family at home. On Friday during their Phonics lesson they receive a book which is linked to their phonics ability and relates to the weeks lesson. This is returned on a Monday morning. On Tuesday the children take home an Oxford Reading Tree book either fiction or non-fiction matched to their reading level.