At Airedale Infant School, reading is at the heart of everything we do, we want to foster a lifelong love of reading by exposing our children to various literature across all curriculum areas. 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. Through building up the children’s vocabulary, it gives them the word power they need to become successful speakers and writers as well as confident readers. Reading is a key life skill and we strive to embed a love of reading into the core of what we do.
We provide opportunities for children to read both independently and aloud as well as allowing them the chance to discuss and recommend books they have read to their peers. Reading and quality literature is implicitly interwoven into our curriculum through the use of key texts to expose our children to various genres and famous authors and to enhance the variety of exciting topics that we teach.
Reading is taught daily, right through school from Nursery up to Year 2.
Children begin their reading journey in Nursery with a focus on listening and attention skills before moving onto set 1 sounds in Read Write Inc. This concentrates on developing speaking and listening skills and has an emphasis on enabling children to become attuned to the sounds around them whilst developing the skills of oral blending and segmenting. Pupils learn how to hold a book the right way, how to turn pages, how to explore pictures, and are exposed to hearing stories - all vitally important skills to begin the reading journey.
Within Reception and Year 1, reading is taught through both literacy-focused activities based on high quality texts and through specific teaching of the Read Write Inc phonics programme.
The skills of reading comprehension are taught discreetly throughout school during timetabled comprehension lessons in Year 2 and through daily whole class or guided reading sessions based upon the principles of John Murray – reading consultant and the author of Reading Rocketeers.
Across school we encourage children to develop a love of reading. In the heart of our school, we have two large library areas filled with a wealth of texts and comfortable seating areas for small groups of children or whole classes to use and enjoy reading new stories and texts together.
In all of our classrooms, we have bespoke themed reading areas, which feature a range of high quality texts and audio books for the children to enjoy. Children have opportunities throughout the week to use their reading areas both in their classrooms and in our main library area.
We see home-school links as a vital part of the reading process. We encourage parents to be involved in their child’s early reading development and parents in EYFS and KS1 are invited to Reading workshops and parent open afternoons, which model the vital skills of early reading to parents.
Children in are given books to enjoy at home and practise with their parents. Each book links directly to the child’s reading ability and are changed regularly in school. Children and parents are encouraged to read the texts three times per week and parents make a record of this in their child’s reading record. Children receive rewards, for achieving three reads during a week, such as certificates and Dojo points.