Reading in Year R - Reception



Children are taught Read Write Inc. sessions daily, where they learn a sound a day and to blend the sounds together to read words.


We send home sight reading sheets so children have an opportunity to practise reading Common Exception Words and tricky words without hesitation. Again, these get trickier as the children move up the progression of sheets.


Children are read with in school once a week. Some children are read with 3 times a week if they need an extra helping hand to extend their learning. Children are also exposed to a range of high quality texts in lessons. We use fantastic stories to inspire the children and motivate them to write with purpose.



Reading Diaries:


When a child is read with, it can be written in their reading diary, by any adult in school or at home. This is a useful way to communicate what each child is working on next and what they are doing really well with in terms of Reading. It also gives the children an opportunity to track their own progress and reflect on the books they have read so far.



Reading Bands:



  • Our book band system is progressive, starting in Reception with the early stage Dandelion books through to Grey banded books and becoming a free reader at the end of KS1.

  • Our ‘colour banded books’ are the books that the children take home to practice their reading skills and support the reading stage a child is working at.

  • We use a range of reading scheme books which include ‘Big Cat’, Oxford reading books and a range of other schemes.

  • In the early stages the books are phonic based and in line with the schools RWInc. Phonic scheme.












Classroom Reading Corners:


We make sure our classroom reading corners are also full of exciting texts for the children to access. We are very proud of our library which is constantly being updated with the newest, most shiny books for our children to enjoy.

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