At Airedale Infant School, we recognise the importance of children developing early reading skills and an early love of reading. We believe reading opens up a new world for children and gives them the opportunity to explore new ideas, visit new places, meet new characters and develop a better understanding of other cultures. Reading is a key life skill and we strive to embed a culture of reading into the core of what we do.
In our Early Years classrooms we have a wealth of books and provide a wide range of opportunities to develop pupils’ early language skills. In Early Years we teach phonics sessions daily using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme. Children are taught listening skills from Nursery and the skill of segmenting and blending orally, these skills are then built upon as they develop new phonic skills in Reception.
They are given opportunities to apply these in the context of reading and writing. They are also taught how to handle books. They learn that all print carries meaning and begin to develop an understanding of story structure and characters through adults enthusiastically sharing and discussing books.
Our Early Years reading environments are attractive and inviting, they entice pupils to engage in the reading provision promoting a love of reading. Pupils in our Early Years develop their language rapidly. This is achieved through our environments being communication friendly spaces.
The links below provide excellent resources to support the development of early language, communication and reading skills.