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Reading Intent, Implementation and Impact at RMLS

Our aim is to teach children to read effectively for both information and pleasure. We work hard to ensure reading is a pleasurable activity, resourcing our library, reading schemes and classroom book boxes carefully to encourage and enthuse all children. The children are given a Reading Record to share reading between home and school and encourage a partnership with parents.

In the Early Years foundation Stage, all children begin on 'Lilac Stage' these books  support emergent readers through wordless books that tell a story through pictures. We children are ready, we promote a  secure start to every child's reading journey and help children progress from decoding words to reading fluently and for pleasure with fully decodable books, expertly aligned to the  Letters and Sounds phonics programme. 

In Key Stage 1 and 2 we use a range of reading books to cater for all children and their different needs. All stages begin with phonetically decodable texts and progress through a variety of genres ensuring children are engaging with a wide variety of reading materials.

This academic year we introduced ‘Collins ebook Library’  for children Year R-4. This allows the children to read books online at home and has supported our remote Learning curriculum.

We use a variety of approaches in the teaching of reading, including phonics, and ‘real’ books, taking into account a child’s individual needs. Phonics is taught in a tightly structured way from Reception using the Letters and Sounds Scheme together with Jolly Phonics. It is essential that all children learn the individual phonic sounds before learning to blend and segment in order to read words.

Our core reading schemes used are Collins Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree however these are supplemented with other reading schemes to provide a range to suit different reading interests. Reading begins with the use of picture books and develops through the use of a wide range of books, both fiction, poetry and non-fiction, to help children to develop their skills. This also includes the use of dictionaries, reference books and how to obtain information from books for topic work. We listen to children read on a 1:1 basis each week as well as group reading sessions.


Useful links and resources:

Reading Diary guidance

Collins eBook Library

Oxford Owl