We love reading at our school. Look at all the fantastic reading opportunities we have!
In Nursery we focus on a different story each half term: adults act it out for us and, when we know the story really well, we can act it out too, as well as join in with any repeating rhymes. We have a lots of role play resources in the provision to help us act out the story, as well as using a storymap to help us remember it – sometimes the adults make a video of us telling the story! There is a basket of books that we call the Magic 3 Books, which we can choose from and ask an adult to read to us during group time. Whenever we have a special event, we make our own books so that we can share them. We learn nursery rhymes, and our parents are given copies of them so we can practice them at home. During phonics, we sing songs every day, listen to sounds in the environment to see if we can identify them, make books to show that we can rhyme and use alliteration etc. In the summer term, we make a trip to our local library. There are lots of opportunities for us to read in the Nursery environment, as well as recognise signs and symbols we see every day. We all have a book bag so we can choose a book from the Nursery library when we want to and take it home.
In Reception, we read our books independently every morning and have opportunities for shared reading daily too. We have a daily storytime, and if the weather is good we listen to the stories outside. We visit the school library once a week, where we listen to a story and choose a book to borrow. We learn to read and write our Owl Words, which are 44 high frequency words for Reception, and when we have learnt them we get a certificate. There are lots of opportunities, and resources, for us to read in the Reception provision, and our parents can come along to ‘Stay and Play’ reading themed mornings. We have a daily phonics lesson, which is differentiated, and play lots of different games and activities to help us learn our sounds. We take a reading book home every day so that our adults can hear us read. They make a comment so that our teachers can see what we have been doing.
In Key Stage 1, adults listen to us read every day, and our teachers record our progress as we read. We learn to read and spell the 100 High Frequency Words before we leave Year 2.
We take a book home every night so that an adult can listen to us read. Our adults record this on our Home Reading Record Card, so that we can take it back to school the next day and show our teachers what we have been doing.
We have a 15 minute daily phonics session where we learn about how to read and write using our phonic knowledge. We play lots of different phonic games which help us understand how sounds make words and we use words to make sentences. We use the Interactive Whiteboard to play games and learn new phonemes and graphemes. In Year 1 we know that some sounds can be written more than one way.
In Key Stage 2, we have at least 4 lessons of reading a week, where we put into practice our developing reading skills and understanding in a structured situation.
We also take a book home every night so that an adult can listen to us read. Our adults record this on our Home Reading Record Card, so that we can take it back to school the next day and show our teachers what we have been doing.
We have lots of books to choose from within our reading schemes. At Westbourne we have Bug Club, Project X, Collins Big Cats and Oxford Treetops.
Reading for Pleasure
We have weekly visits to the school library, where we can choose and swap books that we are interested in. Our librarian, Mr. Rushworth, also arranges times with the local library so that we can visit it once every term.
Each class has a selection of books, some of which have been chosen by us, which we can read for pleasure.
We also have storytime at least 3 times per week, usually at the end of the day, when our teachers read us a book. It might be linked to the book we are studying in class, an author we are getting to know or a book that we’ve chosen ourselves.
Reading across the Curriculum
Across school, we enjoy using our reading skills in every lesson and our teachers provide opportunities for us to do so in all subjects, so that we can research information for ourselves, and present our findings in different ways. We call this ‘Reading to Learn’.