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Shay Lane Primary School

How we Teach Reading

In our Foundation Stage we teach phonics daily using "Letters and Sounds". As soon as our pupils enter our Nursery they are taught listening skills and the skill of segmenting and blending orally. Reading skills are taught using a wide range of reading materials. Children are taught how to handle and respect books and that print carries a meaning. They begin to develop an understanding of story structure and characters through adult interaction.

We build on these skills in our Reception class and further develop new phonic skills by using Read, Write Inc materials. Children are taught reading skills through sharing big books and sound bags. They are given opportunities for individual reading with an adult and daily guided reading sessions. Children are given further opportunities to develop an enjoyment of reading through the use of story sacks, listening to rhymes, jingles  stories using technology and daily, adult led story sessions

In Key Stage 1 we ensure systematic, daily teaching in class with opportunities to practice and apply in the context of reading. Some of our strategies include reading with parents before school starts,  guided and individual reading sessions and all areas of writing. We use Read, Write, Inc in Year 1 and Support for Spelling in Year 2.

In Key Stage 2 we teach regular spelling lessons where all children are given the opportunity to apply their skills in a wide range of genres; we also continue to use Support for Spelling materials.  

Throughout school reading skills are taught using a wide range of materials called "The Bug Club".  They continue to further develop the children's reading skills through daily guided reading sessions, shared reading, online access to e-books and related comprehensions and individual reading.

In addition to class based reading, children can also develop their enjoyment of reading by using our two library areas to choose from a wide range of books on a regular basis. There are reading areas around school and in classrooms which children can freely access to further promote and encourage reading for pleasure.