Approach to Reading

Approach to Reading

Ballifield School provides a print rich environment. All classrooms have an interesting well stocked book area with a range of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The library also contains a good selection of fiction and nonfiction books.

We aim to provide the children with the skills and strategies necessary to develop into competent and fluent readers by encouraging the enjoyment of books and reading so that the children develop a life-long love of books. Success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all other areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-confidence and motivation. We provide rich reading environments with our library and classrooms having range of

Guided reading occurs daily outside the literacy session and is based on a rotation during the week within the class. Children are grouped according to ability. All guided reading books are banded into the “book band” colours. All pupils take home a similar “book band” for independent reading at home or may choose an independent reading book from their class library. There are opportunities for shared reading within the teaching of literacy and children in each year group are read to daily by an adult. From Years 2 – 6 children will be encouraged to read independently during ‘Quiet Reading’ time.

Phonics is taught daily in F1 – Y2 by following ‘Letters and Sounds. It is a systematic approach to teaching phonics so that children progress as quickly as possible to independent reading. Teachers make frequent and regular ongoing assessment of children’s phonic knowledge and skills to track progress. This programme is used as an intervention in KS2 for children who don’t access all the sounds by the end of Y2.