At Radcliffe on Trent Infant & Nursery School, we make it our priority to ensure that every child learns to read by the end of Key Stage 1. We ensure that children are able to decode unfamiliar words and read fluently with good comprehension skills for their age. We aim to create fluent readers who monitor and self-correct, understand what they read and read for enjoyment and pleasure. We intend to build a culture where reading for pleasure is valued, and children have a lifelong love of books. We are committed to help children find enjoyment in reading and to appreciate how books can offer a window to other worlds, meet amazing characters and learn about the world they live in. We choose books with important and diverse themes that help to build on their cultural capital and knowledge. Through our carefully created Reading Spine and whole class reading sessions, we ensure that children leave Radcliffe on Trent Infant & Nursery School having been exposed to a wide range of high-quality literature.
We focus on three key areas of Reading:
- Reading for Practice
- Reading for Meaning
- Reading for Pleasure
We promote that all reading, whatever form this may be, is daily at home and that you take this daily reading as an opportunity to share a book with your child and / or practise their developing phonics skills by allowing the children to read their Read Write Inc. 'Book Bag Book'. These books have been carefully selected based on your child's most recent Phonics assessment and is matched to enable them around 90% success (previously taught sounds and words) and 10% challenge (newly taught sounds and words). This promotes a positive reading experience for the children and allows them to feel successful with their reading
When children leave our school as well rounded readers they have both the skills and the drive needed to continue their reading journey in their next setting. The foundations which they build with us will ensure that they have a solid base on which to build for the rest of their lives. We make reading fun, accessible and show the children the doors which can be opened through this fundamental life skill.
Talk Through Stories
Talk through stories enable staff to share high quality texts with children which are revisited a number of times to promote familiarity and recall of the story. Children are explicitly taught vocabulary from the book and are encouraged to retell the story through story mapping, simple drama and puppets.