How do we teach children to read?
At Exning we recognise the importance of teaching phonics on a daily basis to improve standards of reading and writing. We use 'Letters and Sounds' to ensure that children acquire a solid phonic knowledge that can be applied to reading and writing. Phonics is taught daily in keystage one following the 'Jolly Phonics' programme. Phonic skills are assessed every half term according to phases identified in Letters and Sounds and the National Curriculum. All children are expected to achieve phase five by the end of keystage one. Daily grammar sessions are taught across keystage two.
Children are assessed and when ready chose books from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and also Bug Club books. The books are carefully levelled and children progress through the levels as they are carefully assessed by teachers and well trained teaching assistants. Once children reach level 26 they progress onto 'Early free readers', this is a carefully planned transition to children choosing books from the library. Children are heard to read in school at least once a week, this may be individually, as a paired read or as part of a guided reading group.
All children have access to the school library every day before school and at lunch time, the library is also open o a Monday after school for parents and children to borrow books to take home. We want children to develop a passion for reading that will lead to a life long enjoyment of books.
We are also fortunate to be part of a community project called 'Lets Read'. Every class has a volunteer read with individual children on a weekly basis. These volunteers are all have a DBS check and spend time with staff to learn the best ways to encourage reading skills and enjoy reading with children.
Please see below the powerpoint presentation from the KS1 Literacy Evening. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you to all of the children that completed the optional task of Summer Scrap Books. The standard of creativity and work was outstanding.
The Owls and Goldfinches Scrap Book Winner was Georgia Close.
We have joined Newmarkets 'Lets Read' programme to encourage reading volunteers in school. We have four volunteers that we have trained and work in school with reading partners. Click here to read the newspaper article from the local paper and the follow up article is here.