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We teach reading in school in a variety of ways, in our English lessons we focus on one text as a class and link this to both reading and writing. We have group reading sessions, where children are grouped according to their needs and sessions focus on teaching the all skills of reading (decoding and comprehension). Children are also read individually where appropriate - mainly in Key Stage One and the Early Years.

Early reading is developed through the teaching of phonics, which continues until they are confident and can use phonics to help them with their reading. We use Songs of Sounds to develop pupils phonic knowledge and understanding.

Song of Sounds - Stage 1

Song of Sounds - Stage 2

We encourage all children to read at home. The skills that we want children to develop through regular reading are :-

Retrieval – from the eye (easy to ‘pick out’ the answer) 

Inference – from the brain (doesn’t say it explicitly in the text – you need to think about it) 

Evaluation – from the heart (what do you think/feel?) 

Deduce – What does this mean? 

Children can record this in their reading records, using the prompts below. We also promote a love of reading and encourage parents to read to their children and share books with them at all stages and ages. If you're looking for ideas about what to read, please find the Book Menus below for each year group.

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