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Reading

Reading 

At The Mead Infant and Nursery School, we prioritise the teaching of reading both as a key component of our English provision and one which unlocks opportunity in all other subjects.  Our intent is to develop positive attitudes towards reading, so every child thinks of themselves as a reader and has fostered a love of the written word in all its various forms. We wish to create a community of readers that share, enjoy and promote reading as a skill and desirable pastime.

Our English lessons develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary. Literacy is taught in a cross-curricular way, linking up with other areas of the curriculum. We teach our pupils to speak clearly, to convey their ideas fluently and confidently and to ask questions. Their vocabulary is developed systematically.

Our reading lessons are delivered through whole class shared reading sessions, group reading, 1:1 reading as well as through discreet phonics teaching.  All classes have key texts read to them throughout the year, which helps to promote reading as a desirable past time and something that should be valued and treasured.  We read a range of text types including fiction, non-fiction and poetry.  We regularly update our stock of books in the library and class book-corners, ensuring that a balance of fiction, non-fiction and poetry is on offer to our children.  The children are able to take a book of their choice from their classroom to enjoy reading at home.

We ensure that readers of all abilities are presented with texts that are challenging for them and allow them to apply the reading skills that they have learnt.  All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 choose a school book banded reading book to read in their 1:1 reading sessions and at home.  These books are all available in each classroom and children can change their book as often as needed.  The children are responsible for changing their own book and knowing which book band or phase they are reading within and working towards.  We have a range of reading scheme books (Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford University Press and Collins) which in Reception and Year 1 are organised into Phases to match the teaching of our phonics programme Letters and Sounds.  

We greatly value parent contributions to reading, and we offer parent workshops that enable our parents to learn how to support their child at home.  Parents are also invited into the classrooms to share books with their child.  

Phonics

At The Mead Infant and Nursery School, we follow the phonic programme Little Wandle Letters and Sounds across the EYFS and Key Stage One.  This is supported by teachers using elements from Jolly Phonics, namely the actions and songs to support the effective delivery of phonics lessons.    

It is our intent that through our high quality phonics teaching that all children will have good phonic knowledge, understanding and skills so that they can decode words confidently and engage with higher order reading and writing skills.

Planning for phonics will be done separately from English but with the understanding that good phonics teaching should link to the literacy needs of the children within an English lesson and across the curriculum.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and Listening are essential skills for learning. Our aim is to ensure that all our children become confident speakers, able to express their feelings and views and ask questions. We also teach our children to listen attentively, respect the views of others and take turns when speaking. These skills are developed through speaking and listening games and activities such as drama, circle time, partnership work and taking part in productions.

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