Reading & Phonics
Reading is a fundamental part of the education provided at Idle C.E. (A) Primary School. It is so important for children to learn to and enjoy reading, as well as being read to. Through reading, children have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Across the school, children regularly have the opportunity to read 1:1 with an adult or in a guided reading group. Phonics is taught from EYFS using ‘Letters and Sounds’ and this scheme is then continued until a child reaches phonics Phase 6. In EYFS, children start reading Dandelion Phonics books, and from Year One, children are introduced to Oxford Reading Tree books. We follow a benchmarking scheme in school, so it is ensured that children can confidently read, understand and discuss books at their current stage before being challenged further with a new book level. Books from the Rigby Star scheme are read in school during guided reading groups, where pupils read a range of books, including stories, play scripts and non-fiction books. In KS2, children continue to develop their reading and comprehension skills through small group sessions and whole class readers. Children have the opportunity to enjoy books such as ‘How to Train your Dragon’ and ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ in these sessions as they progress through the school. Our school has two reference libraries and every classroom has a book area. Each term there is a focus on a specific author and genre for each class to enable children to experience a wide variety of reading.
To help reinforce the importance of reading at home, children have access to a range of ebooks through Serial Mash and Oxford Owl.