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Reading and Phonics

" It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension ( necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books ( stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words ( decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. "

 

Taken from the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage

 

 

We value the importance of reading at Lane End Primary and foster a love a reading in various ways. From cosy storytelling areas, daily story times, a class top 5 books, voting for your favourite story to weekly stay and reads and visits to our reading cabin; children are exposed to a variety of texts enabling them to become lovers of reading.

We operate a core text approach to texts covered within story time in the Early years. We read these books to support the children in their development and building on their comprehension skills, alongside reading books for pleasure and the love of reading.  These books are taught through daily story times and enhanced into continuous provision for children to rehearse, embed, learn new vocabulary from and understand the book. The key comprehension texts covered across the EYFS are detailed below. 

Phonics is the means by which we teach children how to read and write in the Early Years. This begins with our youngest learners in Nursery, thinking about getting their ears ready to listen for sounds. This is the 'Foundations for phonics.' 

 

As soon as children enter Reception, they begin the process of learning their letters and the sound that the letter makes. They blend these sounds together to read words and segment them to write words.

Below is a video of a child saying the sounds,  just how your child will learn them. This is called, 'pure sounds.' That is, for example, mmmmmmm not muh and ssssssss not suh.  We learn the sounds in an order, as detailed in the video. 

 

Wordless books

 

To start with, all children will bring home a 'wordless' book. Some of these are stories and some are non-fiction information books. The purpose of these books is to develop your child's skills 'telling' a story and the mechanics of a book. Knowing how to use a book, how to look at the pictures, how to turn the pages, how to predict what will happen next are key skills in learning to read. 

 

 

Wordless books letter to parents

Sharing a wordless book

A short example of how to encourage your child to read their wordless book with you.

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