Preschool Reading Club
We believe that we should be teaching them about the enjoyment of reading from the moment that our children are born. We do this through our very special Preschool Reading Club which is run by our Parent Teacher Association (PTA). At this club our parents who have children below the age of 3 are able to enjoy sharing books and reading stories in a welcoming and fun environment.
Nursery Rhymes in the EYFS
Children in our nursery are taught nursery rhymes throughout the year so that they know a range of them off by heart by the time they enter reception. In reception these skills are built on through the London Music Masters Bridge Project which provides children with the opportunity to build upon their knowledge of nursery rhymes as they learn how to perform them to an audience.
We begin teaching children the individual phonemes (sounds), which make up words, when your child is ready to and not depending on the class they are in. This ensures that your child becomes an independent reader as soon as possible. In nursery we begin teaching children the individual phonemes through informal and funs games. In reception children begin Read, Write Inc which provides a systematic program for children ensuring that they learn the basic phonetic skills of blending sounds for reading and segmenting sounds for writing. This program ensures that by the time your child leaves year 1 they are able to write and read fluently. Information and about the Read, Write Inc program can be found here.
Daily Supported Reading
In addition to the Read Write Program we also ensure that each child reads with an adult every day of the week through the Daily Supported Reading program. This program is a systematic and responsive programme that allows all children to succeed, and not only builds on their reading strategies, but also promotes independence and fosters an enjoyment of reading.
Reciprocal Reading (Years 2 – 6)
Reciprocal reading is a well-researched method used to develop learners’ reading skills, promote higher order thinking, develop listening and talking, and ensure access to the curriculum for all learners. During Reciprocal reading children become the teacher in small group reading sessions. Teachers model reciprocal reading strategies (summarizing, question generating, clarifying, and predicting) and then help students learn how to guide group discussions using these four strategies. Once students have learned the strategies, they take turns assuming the role of teacher in leading a dialogue about what has been read. Studies have also demonstrated that learners transfer their learning into other contexts. Reciprocal Reading is organised to run for half an hour starting immediately after morning assembly or, on mornings where there is not a collective assembly, as the first session of the morning.
In years 2 to 6 we introduce the Accelerated Reader program. This is a computer based program which motivates children to read frequently. Children are tested every term to identify which books they should be choosing to take home so that they are challenged without being too difficult to cause frustration. When they have finished a book they take a short quiz using mini ipads, laptops or computers to see how much of the book they have understood. Parents can login to a parent section where they can see which books their children have finished reading. More information about Accelerated Reader can be found here.
Children in our Early Years are encouraged to begin mark making and explore making shapes using different materials from the very first day. To support children with developing the fine motor skills that they will need to become proficient writers we use a program called Write Dance. Write Dance uses rhythmic and then melodic pieces of music so the children can follow and learn specific movements to develop their physical skills including, balance, coordination, flexibility and stamina. More information about Write Dance can be found here.
In reception children are taught the first set of High Frequency Words and how to write simple CVC (Consonant / Vowel / Consonant) words in small focus groups. Practitioners also plan for a wide range of engaging activities which encouraged to write freely and independently in their free play.
Reception and Year 1
In reception and Year 1 the children are taught how to write using the Read Write Inc program building on their knowledge of phonemes so that they are able to develop the key skill of segmenting which allows them to write independently.
Years 2 - 6
In years 2 – 6 we have developed our own English program which is linked to the National Curriculum. This program outlines the content of the National Curriculum in each term for each year group so that we ensure that children are taught all of the skills which they require to be confident writers. These skills are: