The Teaching of Reading
At Market Drayton Infant and Nursery School we are determined that every child will learn to read by Year 2. As a school we aim to develop:
A coherently planned reading curriculum
Our reading curriculum sets out:
There are five methods covered in this policy that are involved in the teaching of reading:
Phonics linked reading books
Levels for reading books will match the phonics assessments made. Children will be given phonics books that enable them to practise phonemes they have yet to master.
All children will receive 2 phonics books until they have secured Phase 5b, putting them in the position to pass the phonics screening check. Once they have achieved this level they will receive a phonics book and a non-decodable book or 2 non-decodable books based on teacher’s professional judgement. Books are changed weekly and the day is decided by the class teacher.
Developing a love of reading
Reading for pleasure is just as important as giving the children books linked to their learning and each week they will be given the opportunity to choose a book from the class library. Nursery have a lending library on a Wednesday and den in a bag once a week.
Use of the class library and the main library
Children will have a book from the class library to take home each week as well as their reading book. Book corners should be organised and inspirational.
The main library is open twice after school and twice at lunch time on a weekly basis.
At least once per term the class teacher will take the children to the library for an activity, for example, read a story or library skills. At this point children will be given the opportunity to select/exchange a book. Annually there is the expectation that each class will visit the town library once per year.
In Reception parents are expected to attend a phonics workshop in the autumn term.
All parents receive a leaflet on how to support their child with reading in Y1 and 2 in September.
It is our aim that a parent should hear their child read Monday-Thursday and once at the weekend. The class teacher will communicate with families who are not reading regularly with their child at home to encourage them and support them with this.
Reading is assessed in a variety of ways, linked to phonics, individual, guided and whole class reading.
More in-depth information on all of the above can be found in the reading policy.