Learning To Read and Reading To Learn

Reading is one of the most important skills we teach children.


It all begins in the Early Years as children browse through books, learning about how pictures and text help to tell stories and give information. Our two year olds know how to turn the pages from left to right, talking about the pictures as they do.


As children pass through the Nursery phase they encounter a wider range of books. They enjoy listening to adults read stories and share non-fiction texts. Soon they have a repertoire of favourites and are beginning to join in predictable texts. They may notice patterns in the text or words that are highlighted or repeated.


Once in the Reception class children rapidly acquire a vocabulary of words which they recognise easily on sight. They use their growing knowledge of letter sounds to build less familiar words and so begin to take over the reading of simple texts from the adults. Of course they still enjoy listening to good quality books, developing a rich vocabulary and encountering increasingly sophisticated narratives, characters and lay-outs.


In Key Stage One pupils consolidate and build their reading vocabulary attempting more ambitious books. As they learn more about phonics they become  independent readers using adults as a resource to confirm the meanings of new words and discuss their responses to the books. They continue to read back their own stories and texts as well as on-line material they encounter in their research.


Without doubt the children who make the best progress are those who read regularly at home.


Thank-you for the support you give your children. It really does make a difference !


All our Early Years children enjoy borrowing library books once a week in addition to other reading materials and resources they take home. They also work with staff to create books about themselves and featuring their own story ideas.

Sharing books together