Alongside the systematic teaching of phonics pupils will be taught a variety of strategies to support their reading development.
Pupils will be taught early reading skills in Reception by shared reading in groups and then when appropriate progress to weekly small group Guided Reading Lessons. These will take place every week and continue in Year 1 and Year 2 in groups appropriate to the reading development of the pupils. Pupils will be given half termly reading targets to work on at home and at school and each pupil will have a Reading Diary for home/school communication. Pupils will be encouraged to take home a reading book every day in Key Stage 1 and will be able to choose from a wide variety of engaging texts.
Pupils will also hear, share and discuss a wide range of high quality books to develop a love of reading, broaden their vocabulary and develop their understanding. It is important that pupils listen to and discuss stories, poetry and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently in order to develop pleasure in reading, increase their vocabulary and awareness of grammar and develop skills of inference. This should continue throughout their primary years both at home and at school.