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Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics 

 

Foundation Stage and Key Stage One 

 

Research has shown that children who have a love of books, see good reading role models at home and school and practise reading on a regular basis become good readers. At St Gregory’s we strive to ensure all children have access to good reading materials, are given lots of different opportunities to develop their reading skills and that parents are encouraged to support their children in a variety of ways. 

 

In class, children will be learning phonics, sight words and strategies to read unknown words. They will be part of a daily phonics group, which will develop their phonological knowledge and the skills of blending and segmenting. We follow the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme to help children to develop their phonics skills. In Reception, children will be learning to read on a 1-to-1 basis and within a weekly guided group. In Year One, some children will be learning to read on a 1-to-1 basis and all children within a weekly guided group. In Year Two, children will be learning to read within a guided group using Pearson's 'Bug Club' materials and will complete small group comprehension to develop their deduction and inference skills.

 

The main reading scheme we use in school for 'home-readers' is from Oxford Reading Tree. Children take two banded books home per week and are encouraged in Year Two to complete a comprehension activity relating to the text. Children are also able to take a ‘free choice’ library book home each week. Our librarian will ensure the children choose a book suitable book for their age. 

 

Reading in Key Stage Two 

 

In Key Stage Two most children are already becoming very confident readers; it is a love of books and a greater understanding of the text which has to be further developed. They will be encouraged to begin to read a wider variety of texts - from high-quality, timeless classic texts to new and exciting stories written by more modern authors, as well as even more sophisticated non-fiction genres. Key Stage Two also follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme which has a variety of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels.  

 

Children in Key Stage Two will also take part in Guided Reading groups throughout the week and, if there is a need, on an individual basis. The main scheme used for this is - again - the Pearson's 'Bug Club' resource. They will be working on their comprehension activities to develop deduction and inference skills as well as how to form their own views and ideas about the stories and texts they read. It is important that children of this age are still encouraged to read at home to ensure a proficient love of reading is carried on into adult life.

 

Children in Key Stage Two are also able to take a free choice library book home each week. Our librarian will ensure the children choose a book suitable for their age. 

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