Intent (curriculum design, coverage and appropriateness) :
Reading and a love of books is at the heart of what we do. The development of skills in reading is a primary focus for all our pupils because we know learning to read enables our pupils to read to learn. Having the key skills of decoding (blending and segmenting sounds to read words) and comprehension (understanding what has been read) opens up an exciting world and is essential for progression as children move through the school and on to Key Stage 2 and beyond.
The aims of our Literacy reading curriculum are to develop pupils who:
Implementation (curriculum delivery, teaching and assessment):
We use ‘Sounds-Write’ in order to provide a structured and sequential programme for the teaching of phonics.
Our reading scheme books (Dandelion books) are coded by colour and are linked to our Sounds-Write Phonics scheme and provide sequential texts based on the phonics that your child knows. We have a range of books including Bug Club, Project X and Oxford Reading Tree which may be used in addition/ alongside our Dandelion Readers, especially when children become more confident with their phonic knowledge and have developed their key sight words.
We use the 'Literacy Counts' scheme to support reading comprehension and reading skills.
Reading comprehension is developed through our 'Steps To Read' from 'Literacy Counts' shared reading sessions. High quality texts, rich in language, are used to develop children's skills in questioning, inference, prediction, clarification, retrieval and summarising.
We also use the Pie Corbett Reading Spine texts, alongside other high quality fiction and non fiction books, to support learning, reading for pleasure and to ensure that all children have equal access and a minimum expectation of the books they will have had exposure to during their time at Burnham Infants.
We also recently developed a lovely library area. The children across the school designed the sea themed area and especially love the huge sea creature bean bags to sit and enjoy a book. All of our children visit the library regularly and can even borrow a book to share with parents at home.
We are constantly reviewing the books held in the library to ensure they are of a good quality and provide children with a range of opportunities to read for pleasure. In the past fund raising such as 'Bounce for Books' have supported the purchase of new books for the children.
Each class has a comfy and engaging reading area where children can come to read a book of their choice.
We also provide numerous opportunities for the children to develop their vocabulary, communication skills, and understanding for example, ensuring that children speak in full sentences, explain their reasoning in maths, retell stories, recite poetry and take part in drama productions.
Impact (attainment and progress):
The above approach at Burnham on Sea Infant School results in a fun, engaging, high quality Literacy education that results in children reading regularly for information and for enjoyment and pleasure. Children will be able to discuss books with excitement and interest. Children will use their reading skills as a key tool to help them learn. Children are able to blend, segment and sight read words to enable them to read with fluency. This will be reflected in the reading levels achieved at the the end of KS1 and the phonics test results at the end of Year 1.
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