We use many different strategies in school to support the children in learning to read.
Chant and Dance
The aim of Chant and Dance is to teach the children to read words on sight. The children are introduced to four new words per week (one word on each of four days). They read, chant, and spell each word accompanied by a piece of music.
Action words (key words) are the first words children learn to read. Many of these words, children are unable to word build by sounds alone. What we are trying to do is encourage children to look at the whole word. Each word is accompanied by a corresponding action. In Reception these words are taught through ‘Chant and Dance’.
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Individual Shared and Guided Reading
All children take part in high quality shared reading sessions twice a week. Children working at Phase 2 and 3 of Letters and Sounds participate in additional shared reading sessions and also read individually. During these sessions the children are taught book handling skills and how to apply their phonic knowledge to blend and read words. Once the children are confident/ competent at this skill they progress to ‘guided reading’ which involves a group of no more than six children working together on one text (fiction, non-fiction, poetry).
Children are provided with opportunities to read at the correct level by accessing Bug Club at home. This is an online reading programme and encourages reading by children being rewarded with online characters. Each child is provided with a secure username and password which can be found in their home reading diary. If you have any difficulties accessing Bug Club please see a member of staff.
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Home Reading Scheme
School provides children with a home reading book at the level they are working at in school. Children are encouraged to practice reading regularly at home with an adult. Home reading books can be changed as often as is necessary. If children are taking home longer texts they may read this over several nights.
Children are given the opportunity to select and take home a book from the school lending library on a weekly basis. Large selections of high quality fiction and non-fiction books are available from which they can choose. Each class has been allocated a specific a day in which books can be changed.
- Monday: Starfish
- Tuesday: Seahorses
- Wednesday: Sharks
- Thursday: Dolphins
- Friday: Reception