At Marsh Lane we fully believe reading can open opportunities which is why it is our aim for all children to be confident, lifelong readers.
Daily phonics ensures that the foundations of fluent reading are laid. Texts are carefully matched in EYFS and KS1 to the phase that children are currently learning. We have recently extended our reading materials in school to accommodate the 'Reading Bug' texts, alongside Oxford Reading Tree and other banded books.
As children become more confident readers, shared and guided reading lessons are taught. In shared reading, teachers explicitly teach and model reading skills to expose all children to a range of challenging texts and to encourage discussion and debate. In guided reading, children access texts appropriate for their reading level in smaller groups.
Children take weekly books home to read with parents, appropriate to their reading level. When they are confident readers, they are encouraged to choose a library book and develop their own reading interests. Similarly to how reading is at the heart of our curriculum, our small but effective school library has been recently developed and is physically situated in the heart of our school. Children visit the library weekly to explore new authors and texts.
We acknowledge the importance of sharing stories with children at all ages. Stories are read for pleasure to the children, so that they enjoy the fun and experience the magic that a text can bring into the classroom,
All of our children participate in a reading race challenge, where they can visibly see the rewards of their regular reading, both at school and at home.
We have produced a reading booklet with some simple tips on sharing books with your children at home.