At Queen Mary Avenue School, we believe in the importance of developing reading skills and comprehension and to encourage a deep love of books and reading. Each of these 2 elements rely on the other if children are to become lifelong readers. Research shows that children who enjoy reading achieve more highly across the curriculum.
Reading begins before children start school and the impact of their early experiences with books, rhymes and environmental print, along with parental support can make a real difference to their future potential. Children need to see great role models; whether reading the newspaper or a magazine or stopping at the bus stop to read the sign.
Research shows that supporting reading at home is the key ingredient in your child’s education and the single most important thing you can do to help your child
The main phonics scheme followed is Letters and Sounds. Within this, aspects of Jolly Phonics are applied. For example, the Jolly Phonics actions are taught to help children remember the sounds. Phonics is taught through a range of reading and writing activities as well as through games to make teaching and learning engaging and memorable for the children. Children are put in groups according to what book band they are reading across a year group so that teaching can be targeted to the needs of the individual child and group as a whole.
We encouraged to read three times a week at home and read to adults in school individually and as part of a group on a weekly basis. The main reading schemes used are Floppy Phonics and the Oxford Reading Tree books, both of which are used for home reading and reading within school. During Guided Reading, children are grouped according to their ability and work on reading with an adult or completing independent reading activities. Every classroom has a themed reading area to encourage children to develop an interest in reading and a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts are provided for children to choose from. Books linked to the topic of study at the time are included in displays and in the learning environments.