Reading linked to Phonics – Reception, Years 1 and 2

It is really important that pupils in Reception and Key Stage 1 (years 1 and 2) have a strong phonics programme, we use Little Wandle, which is then linked with decodable reading books. This ensures children are only reading words that they can phonetically decode.  As part of Little Wandle, we have decodable reading books which are stored centrally and are given to pupils by their Phonics teacher. These are mapped out systematically each half term so that children are reading books aligned to the Phonics progression.

The books found in classroom book corners are not banded but are for interest/pleasure and use by the teachers for story time. Children can also take these home where a parent or guardian can enjoy reading aloud to them. This is a fundamental aspect of developing their engagement and early attitude to reading.

Reading for pleasure

Once we have all children reading, our mission is then to keep them reading! We want to create readers for life as we believe reading opens limitless doors of opportunity for our pupils.

To instil a love of reading, all classes have carefully constructed book corners. All books have been audited across the school to ensure children receive the most high quality reading opportunities as well as a range of different genres. All book corners are created to mirror the concept of a book shop. Children can browse recommended titles, find books easily, see showcase books rotate and update over time and cosy up and relax!

Every class across the school has daily story time to provide opportunities for children to engage with stories completely for pleasure. This also enables teachers to share their passion and establish a reading community through peer recommendations and informal book talk.

Every child across the school takes a Reading for Pleasure book home every week (if not more). This provides opportunities for children to develop a love of reading at home as well as school and to develop positive experience with books.