Reading Intent

At Yapton C. of E. Primary School we believe that to live life in all its fullness we have an open door to learning where…

At Yapton School, we believe that reading is the key that will unlock your child’s potential in every subject. This is why we make it a priority to develop a love of reading that will stay with your child for a lifetime. From their earliest days with us, children will engage in positive reading experiences where they are encouraged to talk and respond to what they have read through talk, drama, music, dance, art and so much more.
We have an integrated approach to reading with synthetic phonics at the heart. Children in Year R, Key Stage 1 and where appropriate KS2 participate in planned phonics lessons each day. Within these sessions children are grouped according to their phonic ability and taught how to blend and segment words in different ways. We recognise that children learn in different ways and plan for children to see the sounds, hear the sounds and practise reading in a fun and practical way.
Every Key Stage 2 class has guided reading sessions and each teacher records the children’s progress as they read. Guided reading is a great opportunity to discuss what we are reading and share our ideas about a text.
We have a variety of reading books in our classrooms to supplement our main scheme, which consolidates the phonics that your child has been taught at school. Re-reading these books helps children to develop confidence and fluency in the sounds that they have learnt. Our fantastic school library is a place where children can read with each other and discover the magic of finding a new book to enjoy. We provide children with the opportunity to access fiction and non-fiction books, poetry, traditional tales and much more through our school and class libraries.
Children are heard to read in class as often as possible and are expected to bring their book bags to school every day. Reading out of school is just as vital and we encourage children to participate in reading activities regularly throughout the week. One way we encourage parents as partners in reading is to fill in our reading journals whenever books are shared at home. This could be reading with an adult, being read to, discussing events and characters in a text or playing games that encourage children to read.  
Children are able to practise their reading across the whole curriculum both independently and with each other. Children are read to by school adults and they are encouraged to celebrate reading with each other during Reading Circles, where children of different age groups read and discuss books together. We know how important it is to have a wide range of books to look at and are constantly updating our resources. Every year the whole school participates in activities to celebrate reading, such as World Book Day and our visiting Book Fayre.