At Gatehouse reading is a valuable and rewarding experience, which is celebrated throughout EYFS. The children are exposed to a variety of nursery rhymes and have daily whole class story time. The teachers take pride in creating a stimulating environment which celebrates reading. Each class in KS1 has a specific area for reading, where fiction, non-fiction and poetry can be read, discussed and shared.
In EYFS, Literacy is taught in two week blocks, where the block is based on a text from the children’s interests. When planning, teachers ensure there is a variety of genre taught to ensure coverage across the year. In January, children start to take part in daily teacher-led guided reading sessions, where teachers share quality texts with children and encourage the development of early inference, prediction and sequencing skills through their structured questioning. Reading activities are also embedded within continuous provision.
Phonics phase 2
Children in KS1 have 3 books that can be accessed at home, these are: an electronic practice book, a book banded reading book and an enjoyment/grapple book.
An electronic practice book: All EYFS and KS1 children have direct access to Bug Club, where books are allocated each week by their teacher with sounds each child is learning that week during Phonics lessons.
A book banded reading book: This book is linked to their reading level and known sounds and children are expected to read this book twice and this is recorded in their reading records.
An enjoyment/grapple book: This book is chosen by the child following their visit to the library and is aimed to promote a love of reading. This is an aspirational text linked to the child’s interests and should be shared with an adult.