We feel that reading is one of the most fantastic things you can do, whether you want to find out information or disappear into an imaginary world. It is also essential to the development of excellent writing skills. In school we have a number of different schemes for early reading, although the scheme we use most is Oxford Reading Tree with its exciting adventure stories. Obviously, the skills and content the children require in their reading are taken from the National Curriculum.
All children have a Reading Record book which is a link between home and school. We encourage parents to read with their children, as we always acknowledge the vital role that they have to play in the development of their children's love of books. A story, or part of a story, will be read to all the children in the school nearly every day. In the older classes, this tends to be a longer book which may facilitate deeper discussions about wider issues, such as war or friendship.
Group and guided reading are used in different formats throughout the school to develop confidence in reading and text analysis. Sometimes plays are used to encourage children who are less confident. Children who may be struggling with reading are provided with extra opportunities to develop their skills in smaller groups or on a one-to-one basis with an adult.
Once children have developed the ability to read more independently, they are able to choose freely from our library, although, among these, there are still some reading scheme books specially selected by us to appeal to those older children who may still be lacking in confidence.