We have recently re-banded all of our reading scheme books to ensure that children have sufficient practice in reading and re-reading books that match the grapheme-phoneme correspondences they know (letters and the sound that these letters make).
This means that in Reception and Year 1 the focus will be on children reading books that match the sounds they are learning in phonics and that we are encouraging them to apply to their writing. In our new categorisation most children in Reception and Year 1 will be reading Red or Yellow books. These do not correspond to the red and yellow bands previously and within each colour band there are 4 levels of complexity of phonic knowledge and skills. Children progress through red 1, 2, 3 and 4 and then yellow 1, 2, 3 and 4. After this ‘learning to read phase’, when we are confident that children have the skills embedded they will begin reading books from our ‘reading to learn scheme’.
Alongside their school reading book and phonics home learning tasks we encourage you to read books from the library and other books you may have at home.
A key priority for us is to develop children’s autonomy. Each week children choose their own reading book from within the band at which we have assessed their phonics skills and they write the title into their books independently. In the reading records we ask that the children reflect on the story and draw a face which shows if they have enjoyed the book (see front of reading record).
As we are encouraging children to be autonomous in changing their reading book, it may not always be possible for the class teacher to respond to written comments in the reading record books. We would kindly ask that if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s reading that you contact the school office to arrange an appointment or catch your child’s class teacher at the end of the day.
For further information about our approach to reading and phonics, you can access the recording of our parent workshop by clicking on the following link:
Thank you so much for your support and we hope you enjoy your children reading to you.