READING IN THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
At Holy Family Catholic Primary School we believe it’s never too early to read with a child. Sharing books, stories and rhymes is a daily part of learning to read, this not only promotes a love of reading but also an awareness of how information can be retrieved from text. Learning how to read is magical, for both children and their parents. At Holy Family Catholic Primary School and Holy Family Little School we respect and support early reading skills with a fun and interactive approach which kindles a lifelong love of books and the joy that reading can bring.
The teaching of phonics begins in our little school where children take part in small group phonics sessions with activities taken from Phase 1 of "Letters and Sounds". These are fun, interactive sessions where the children develop their listening skills, play instruments, learn about rhyme and alliteration and finally begin to orally blend and segment words.
When the children are ready for Phase 2 phonics, usually in their reception year, we begin the Read, Write Inc scheme. Children take part in daily lessons where they are taught about the sounds that letters make and how these sounds make up words. These sessions include a writing section when children are taught a rhyme to support hem in writing letters correctly. So for example "around the apple and down the leaf" to form "a". The children are assessed regularly so that we can support them to start to blend and read words using the sounds that they have learnt. The reading books that your child brings home will be chosen to give them an opportunity to practise reading the most recent sounds that they are taught.
LITERACY AT HOLY FAMILY
We believe that literacy is a strand that runs throughout the curriculum. We endeavour to provide a pupil led, exciting and enriched curriculum, whilst developing the key literacy skills children need to succeed. This area outlines the various schemes and approaches we use to ensure children make good progress in English.
We use a wide range of reading schemes to ensure breadth and depth in the early stages of reading. Our schemes include The Oxford Reading Tree, Codebreaker, Project X and Badgers. We also provide a range of classics such as Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol for the children to enjoy. Children are informally assessed on a regular basis to ensure that they are reading at the right level.
Children should be able to read the books sent home to an adult with ease and should be able to discuss the content of the book and make predictions. Books of a higher level are used within the Guided Reading session in school to teach new skills and to make sure that children are making progress. We believe it is important that children have a rich diet of texts so we ensure our reading schemes are supplemented by a selection of other reading material.
In class children use reference books, dictionaries and thesaurus, both as hard copies and online throughout the curriculum. In addition to this stories, non-fiction and poetry are read to the children.
In Key Stage One we continue to develop a love of reading and build upon our strong reading foundation developed in EYFS. Children have access to daily story time and are taught at the instructional level through guided reading at least once a week. Reading books are changed as and when a child has finished their book, staff regularly check a child’s understanding through questioning as well as listening to them read regularly. Each class has a stunning reading area with home reading books available at their level.
OUR READING AREAS AROUND SCHOOL
Children enjoy cuddling up, looking at books and listening to stories. We ensure that we create an inviting book area that provides children with opportunities to experience different kinds of print.
It is important that children experience an environment that is rich with texts, therefore we have: