At Horndale County Infant and Nursery School our staff strive to do their best to have all children reading worded books during their time in Reception. This gives our children the best start to progress and attain excellent results during their Standard Attainment Tests (SATs). We have specific schemes in place which are followed throughout the school and are in every class. We also have fully trained teaching staff who have the ability and freedom to adapt teaching methods to work best with the children they have each year, as all children work and learn differently.
Speaking and listening are the foundations for reading and writing. Even everyday activities such as preparing meals, tidying up, putting shopping away and getting ready to go out, offer you the chance to talk to your child, explaining what you are doing. Through these activities, children hear the way language is put together into sentences for a purpose.
Books are a rich source of new words for your child; words you would not use in everyday conversations appear in books. Children need to have a wide vocabulary to understand the meaning of books, so read aloud and share books as often as you can. They will enjoy it and it will be useful to them when they come across these words in their own reading later on.
The school uses a range of carefully graded books to help children to become fluent and independent readers who approach reading confidently and with enjoyment. Teachers use a variety of approaches to meet children’s individual learning needs. We use the Oxford Reading Tree as our main scheme and Jolly Phonics/Letters and Sounds.
This begins in Nursery, where the children are introduced to the book characters and goes right through to Year 2, into worded books, where the children learn more comprehension skills. Each year, children will progress at their own pace and develop on their existing skills from prior year groups.
Opportunities to use Language for a variety of purposes are planned for throughout the curriculum using the conventions of letter forming, spelling and punctuation, developing children’s confidence, precision and competence in speaking and listening and in written English. In line with the National Literacy Strategy, the Literacy Hour is presented by teachers in all appropriate year groups every morning.
Please also view our ‘how you can help your child at home‘ section of the website for further information on Reading and Phonics.
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