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Reading in Early Years


Children are expected to be heard read daily and then recorded in their reading record.

Reading in KS1

Reading is taught through a variety of strategies including synthetic phonics, small group guided reading sessions with an adult, independent and individual reading, whole class texts, reading at home and also reading for pleasure.

The children have access to a range of different genres and are able to choose their own books to read at home from their colour band. This helps to develop a love of reading both at school and at home. These books include real picture books, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and books from reading schemes such as:

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Lighthouse
  • Project X
  • Sunshine spirals
  • Collins big cat

Through guided reading children are supported to read and question a wide variety of texts and are taught strategies such as phonics, recognising words, reading for meaning and discussing the different texts they read and how to share opinions.

Within school the classrooms all have reading areas, children have the opportunity to visit the school library as well as the local library and different authors are studied to learn more about how books are created, written and illustrated.

All of these strategies together will encourage children to love reading!

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