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Phonics and Reading

Reading

We believe that reading should be an enjoyable activity and our approach to the teaching of reading is firmly rooted in this belief. It is our aim to develop in children a love of reading and an ability to read with understanding for pleasure and for information which will inspire and motivate them to read throughout their lives.

In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, there is a great emphasis on the teaching of phonics and reading. At Key Stage 2, we extend and develop each child’s reading skills. Our children are able to explore reading through a range of strategies and structures that support their fluency and comprehension skills to help them become competent readers in addition to quality-first teaching in the classroom.

Children across the whole school are given books to read at home. These may be decodable phonics books in EYFS and Key Stage 1, reading scheme books or books from the class or school libraries. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, we believe that in order to develop a love of reading your child should also have access to high-quality children’s books in addition to decodable books. These books should offer you and your child an opportunity to explore exciting stories or things of interest but most of all will continue to support the development of your child’s vocabulary and sense of story structures. Therefore, alongside decodable phonics books, children will receive a story book to share with adults at home. This engagement with stories from an early age will pave the way for children to become self-motivated and habitual readers as they progress through the school. When in Key Stage 2, children build on their autonomy by taking more responsibility for their own reading choices. At Holy Family, we use Accelerated Reader and Reading Plus in Key Stage 2 which supports the development of comprehension skills. Every class enjoys designated story times, in which children can listen to stories, poems and non-fiction texts regularly to develop a shared love of reading.

The school has a library where children benefit from good quality reading materials, both fiction and non-fiction. All library books have been coded for Accelerated Reader to further support children’s book selection and reading comprehension. Our children also have access to MyOn, a digital library platform, which allows children unlimited access to a wealth of enhanced digital books including a wide range of genres and authors as well as informational texts.

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