THE IMPORTANCE OF READING
Reading is an essential life skill that provides access to the experiences of people from different cultures and times. Pupils must acquire good reading skills in order to access the information that will support their development in all curriculum areas.
1. Self – Our children will be inspired to have a love of reading which will enable them not only to enjoy reading as a past time but as an essential tool to succeed in all areas of life
2. Others – Through their reading, they will encounter and be challenged by ideas from experiences which they would not normally be exposed to beyond their own community
3. Wider world – We believe reading is a fundamental part of communication in an ever more connected world. An ability to not only read but understand the intention of others is essential as they progress into the next stage of their learning
Literacy in the Foundation Stage is split into two areas of learning:
At St Johns, we use ‘Read Write Inc’ as our Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme. This programme is followed with rigor by all teachers and teaching assistants. Discrete whole-class phonics lessons are taught to all children, daily in Year’s 1, 2 and Reception. To ensure that learning is embedded, flashcards and reading opportunities continue throughout the day and additional phonics teaching is given to identified children. Phonics remains the main strategy that we use to approach/decode unfamiliar words and spelling, as well as building a sight vocabulary.
We are aware that children join us at St John’s with a broad range of prior experiences and vocabulary. Teaching in Reception includes a programme called Talk Through Stories which provides children with the breadth and depth of vocabulary they will need to understand the books they will soon read for themselves, and the conversations and discussion they will have with their teachers and friends.
Key Stage 1
Repeated text libraries are used in Key Stage 1 to encourage children’s enjoyment of literature and to develop their vocabulary learning. These specifically chosen books are read repeatedly to encourage the children to learn and retell the story.
Key Stage 2
The progression of skills in EYFS are based on the early adoption of the new EYFS Framework in September 2020, guided by the new Development Matters guidance and assessed against the Early Learning Goals in Summer Term of the Reception Year. Key Stage 1 and 2 is based upon the National Curriculum 2014.
World Book Day 2022