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The Teaching of Early Reading at Stithians C.P. School
Stithiians C P School uses 2 reading schemes throughout the school- one for home/school reading for pleasure and the other for the teaching of how to read.
We currently use the Rigby Star reading Scheme starting at lilac level. This scheme is complimented/supplemented by other books as your child moves into Key Stage 2. These are followed by banded ‘free reader’ books of different genres and authors for those who have completed the scheme. All 'free reader' book levels have just been updated (12th March 2020) with over 200 books added to ensure the children have lots of exciting books to choose from. These include new authors, fact books, additions to collections and, after consultation with parents and children, books of their choosing.
Staff, volunteers, children and parents use the reading records books, also provided, to record certain information. The reading record books can and do show which book the child is reading, dates of reading, sight vocabulary associated with each book, challenges the book brought up and aspects of the books the child liked.
In line with Government curriculum guidelines for ’learning to read’ we also have ‘Guided Reading’ resources for use in teaching children to read in school. These are Phonics Bug Books and are fully decodeable texts, levelled to be in line with ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme of study. These are used in weekly guided reading lessons to support your child in learning to read.
All the Phonics Bugs books used in class for teaching can be accessed from home, using your child's personal log on details. Your class teacher will update as and when necessary.
OurBugs Club subscription also provides books for children in all book bands right up to and including Year 6. In addition to this, Key Stage 2 classes also have a variety of Guided Reading books, in school, which have just been updated (12th March 2020). These exciting books cater for all level of readers and ensure that most preferences are catered for.
When your child reaches Kynance class, Mr Smith will allocate a book band for your child/ren, allowing them to choose a book they would like to read. The books will be allocated according to your child's reading ability.
Early Years and Key Stage 1 staff will be holding a ‘Reading Open Evening’ early in the Summer Term and all parents are invited to join us to discuss aspects of phonics and reading to enable us to reinforce our existing home/school partnership. Watch ot for the newsletter!