Our aim is to instil a love of reading in every child; we believe that books and stories open up a whole new imaginative world. At Golcar J, I & N School, one of our main ambitions is the development of reading and that children have the reading fluency and skills they need to access the whole curriculum.
Home reading books will be provided and sent home on a regular basis for parents to read with their children. All reading books have been book banded to ensure progression for reading and parents have the opportunity to liaise with teachers through reading record books. Children who have moved on from the reading scheme have access to the class book selection and school library or they can bring a book to read from home. Our school library offers the children the opportunity for wider reading through the borrowing of a variety of books. The children have weekly access to the library which offers a wide variety of texts to capture their interest.
Shared and Guided Reading takes place within Literacy lessons and provides enriching experiences through more challenging texts. Teachers also share stories with the class, displaying an enthusiasm for reading and setting a positive example as a reader. We are also lucky enough to have reading volunteers who come into school on a regular basis to listen to individual or groups of children read.
Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 also participate in daily phonics lessons following the Letters and Sounds Phonics scheme. This is a detailed and systematic programme with six overlapping phrases that children work through, developing their phonic knowledge and skills.
The School aims to:
- encourage a love of reading by making it a successful and enjoyable experience
- produce effective readers
- provide a wide and stimulating variety of texts
- build up a sound base of reading strategies using phonic awareness
- develop initial and advanced reading skills.