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East Preston Infant School

East Preston Infant School



Children experience reading daily as a whole class, within phonic sessions and choosing to look at books independently.  Initially, we teach reading on a one to one basis with children, this allows us to respond to the stage and needs of each child. We build up to group reading in the Summer term  to discuss books and learn from each other.  Children are taught how to apply a range of strategies when reading, these include;  using pictures to predict words, using phonic knowledge to decode, blend sounds, identify tricky words and use the context of the sentence to predict a word.

We are committed to promote a lifelong love of reading and share stories regularly. We provide props and costumes to bring stories to life and use a range of hooks to engage children with reading. Children become familiar with stories through teachers repeating key texts, exploring story structure and class discussions. This ensures children are developing key reading skills.

Year 1
Children engage with reading everyday through story sharing, phonics and literacy sessions.Every child is heard on a one to one basis every two weeks by their class Teacher. When appropriate, guided reading sessions start where a group will work with the Teacher on a focus text, whilst other children are completing reading activities independently. During 'Show Me What You Know' time the children have opportunities to complete reading puzzles, play reading games and consolidate their current phonic learning. Children are encouraged and given opportunities to foster a love of reading both inside and outside the classroom, throughout the day. Children are responsible for changing their own reading book to take home and are reminded to do so at the start of each day.
Year 2
Children experience daily reading through Guided Reading. Children have a carousel of activities that they complete throughout the week which involve reading, writing and phonics. During Guided Reading each group of children will read with the Teacher each week. This will be recorded in their Reading Diaries explaining what the learning intention was for that lesson. In addition to this, children are read with by their Teacher on a one to one basis fortnightly. This will also be recorded in their reading diary with a date and signature. Children are encouraged to change their reading book independently when necessary. 
We ensure the reading corner is accessible to all children throughout the day to promote the love of reading and all of our topics are focused around a great text to help inspire and motivate the children.