Each morning pupils in the EYFS and KS1 have a focused daily phonics session based on the 'Letters and Sounds' document. In the EYFS the 'Jolly Phonics' actions and songs are used to support the teaching of sounds.
As pupils start school books are shared with the children on a daily basis, modelling how to read from left to right, decoding words, predicting what might happen next and overall developing a love of books as soon as they start school. When pupils are ready they begin their reading journey, initally with books without words and then moving on to those with words. Parents are invited in to school for an early reading coffee session in the Autumn in order to support reading at home.
Our reading scheme is comprised of phonics decodable texts. We use ORT, ORT Phonics, ORT Traditional TAles, Project X, Bug Club and Collins Big Cat to ensure children read a variety of texts. When pupils are ready they select books from our 'free choice' baskets before moving to books from the library where they can select from a wide range of books and genres. All children are able to access books from the library so that they can enjoy stories and non-fiction books of their choice. All classrooms have a reading area that includes a range of reading materials including magazines, newspapers and books they have made as well as fiction and non-fiction books relevant to their age and interests of the class.
In EYFS and KS1 children take part in a guided reading session each week as part of a small group where they each read the same text and discuss the content, make predictions about what might happen and develop their understanding of language. As well as this children in KS1 and KS2 have a reading lesson each week where they analyse texts, become language detetctives, and demonstrate their understanding within written responses. As they move through the school pupils learn to use Point, Evidence, Explain (PEE) when structuring their responses.
Over the course of the year we have many reading focused events such as book week, world book day, book shares and book sales. Our Reading Heroes lead assemblies, develop competitions and challenges as well as promote and recommend new books in their classes.
At Ellistown we love reading (our staff even have a book share box in the staffroom) and our aim is to foster this love of reading within our pupils.
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