At Yapton School, we believe that reading is the key that will unlock your child’s potential in every subject. This is why we make it a priority to develop a love of reading that will stay with your child for a lifetime.
From their earliest days with us children will engage in positive reading experiences where they are encouraged to talk and respond to what they have read through talk, drama, music, dance, art and so much more.
We have an integrated approach to reading with synthetic phonics at the heart. Children in Year R, Key Stage 1 and where appropriate KS2 participate in planned phonics lessons every week. Within these sessions children are grouped according to their phonic ability and taught how to blend and segment words in different ways.
We recognise that children learn in different ways and plan for children to see the sounds, hear the sounds and use actions to remember them. As a school, we use Letters and Sounds as the starting point for these sessions. In addition to phonics, whole class Literacy lessons, adults reading to children, independent reading and reading across a range of subjects all contribute to the progress our children make as readers.
One of the websites we use in phonics sessions is PhonicsPlay. You canvisit their website by following this link. http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Why not have a look for yourself at some of the games that are available.
We have a variety of reading books in our classrooms and school library to supplement our main scheme, which is Oxford Reading Tree.
This enables us to provide children with the opportunity to access fiction and non-fiction books, poetry, traditional tales and much more.
Children are heard to read in class as often as possible and are expected to bring their book bags to school every day. Reading out of school is just as vital and we encourage children to participate in reading activities regularly throughout the week. One way we encourage parents as partners in reading is to fill in our reading journals whenever books are shared at home. This could be reading with an adult, being read to, discussing events and characters in a text or playing games that encourage children to read. Keep an eye out in newsletters and on the website for Parent Workshops to further develop these links.
Every class has guided reading sessions and each teacher records the children’s progress as they read. Guided reading is a great opportunity to discuss what we are reading and share our ideas about a text. We know how important it is to have a wide range of books to look at and are constantly updating our resources.
Every Wednesday afternoon, Mrs White leads a reading club in the library. This is great fun as we have the chance to listen to stories, read with an adult and play different reading games.
Every year the whole school participates in activities to celebrate Book Week. As a school, we love to dress up as book characters and celebrate the work of different authors. Key Stage 2 staff have been known to write their own version of traditional tales – Mr T is a wonderful scriptwriter and always includes lots of funny bits. As part of our celebrations, we also provide opportunities for the children to buy books from Scholastic Book Fayre.
Year 6 have created a bookworm scheme in their classroom to support and motivate each other with reading. The bookworms help Mrs Dean choose library books from the visiting Schools Library Service and are also on hand to work with their classmates to share a book, write book reviews and choose books to read.