Reading: more information

Reading is the one skill we want all children to develop to the best of their ability - as it is the key to all learning.  We aim for children to become independent and confident readers, so that they develop a love of reading.
Starting in EYFS, we use Read, Write Inc. as our systematic approach to the learning of phonics.  There is a really talented and trained group of adults ready to support all children and help them on their reading journey.
Children are checked every 6 weeks and the groups are adjusted to meet their next steps.
All children take part in the national Y1 phonics check, (although due to Covid-19, this is happening for Y2 children in 2020).
To help develop their love for reading and books in general, we take part in special events such as World Book Day, Roald Dahl day etc. and give the children regular chances to share their favourite books with staff and each other.
Things you can do to help:
  • Try to set aside 10-15 mins as often as possible - to listen to your child read or share a book with them.  Even 3-4 times a week is a great start.
  • Join the library and visit as often as you can.
  • Why not ask relatives to give a gift of a book for birthdays or Christmas?  It could be that there is an audio book on a CD which could go with the book.
  • Encourage any older siblings to share in the reading with or listening of younger ones read.
  • Talk about the books you have read with them, ask them what their favourite part was and why.  There are lots of other helpful hints in the Vipers section of the school website.