Early Reading

Developing a Love of Reading

At Knypersley we aim to foster a love of reading! There are many things we do to create excitement and enjoyment of reading. These include:

  • Storytelling
  • ERIC time – whole class exploration of books
  • Using high quality, engaging texts
  • Themed days – we hold book themed days and events both as individual classes and across the whole school
  • Local Library– we have good links with our local library and all children are encouraged to participate in the summer reading challenge.
  • Book Fairs are held to allow all children the chance to look at new books of all genres and hopefully purchase a new book of their own to take home!
  • Our School Library – the use of our own library. Every child takes a book from our growing library to read at home alongside their ‘home-school’ banded reading book. Each class has a regular slot to visit our library.

Reading Books

Children in Foundation Stage start with Lilac wordless books. They learn to navigate books, tell stories and improve their vocabulary. Children move on to a book with words as soon as they are ready. If a child in nursery is ready to move forward with phonics and decoding then we would support them with progressing to a book with words.

We ensure that our reading schemes encourage children to apply the new phonological knowledge they have gained by providing them with decodable home reader reading books from schemes such as Big Cat Collins Phonics, Oxford University Press and  Project X . Alongside these schemes we use Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree and a wide range of appropriately levelled real books to ensure children develop a great love of reading and have an opportunity to  embed the application of key reading skills.

When your child is able to decode and start to read themselves they will receive a book closely matched to their phonic ability. It is recommended that books banded books pink to white are read 3 times.

1st time - to decode and practise phonics

2nd time - to build fluency (read it at a quicker pace)

3rd time - for comprehension (the understanding of the story, they should be more fluent, therefore understand a little more about what is going on in the story)

The document below is a chart showing the progression of book bands and links to phonic phases