Kyson Primary School

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We are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become competent and successful readers who develop a genuine love of reading. Reading is fundamental and is embedded throughout our curriculum. It is taught daily, in its many forms, across the school.

Our pupils’ reading journey starts in EYFS where they are taught phonics using the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. Phonics lessons continue throughout all of KS1, where children work, at their own pace, through the six different phases of Letters and Sounds.

This is complimented by whole class reading sessions, which offer our pupils the chance to discuss a high-quality text, therefore being given the opportunity to participate in meaningful talk. Pupils in KS1 are individually heard reading at least once a week; accessing books specifically tailored to the phonics stage they are at, these books are shared with parents/carers. Phonetical knowledge is regularly assessed and influences the reading books given.

The school uses the Essential Letters and Sounds scheme which is a Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme, validated by the Department for Education.

Share a biscuit- share a story embedded is in KS1 to embrace reading for pleasure, where chapter books are introduced to the children.

In KS2, teaching reading to the whole-class means children of all attainment bands are immersed in the same high-quality literature and the discussions that these texts promote. Through “Book Clubs” pupils are able to share a text together - appropriate to their reading ability – these books are sent home to share with parents/carers.

Daily reading allows increase in accuracy, reading pace and comprehension along with exposure to new vocabulary allowing pupils to mirror in their writing what they have read.

A love of reading is instilled in the school through providing a well-stocked library (new system coming soon to allow library books to be brought home!), topic book boxes for each class and plentiful classroom book stocks. Beyond this, reading competitions, displays, our infamous World Book Day performance and theme days help build and cherish the pupils’ fondness of books.

How can I help at home?

Encourage your child to read every day (ideally for around 10 minutes), there are opportunities to read everywhere: comics, magazines, fact files, newspapers, diary entries, catalogues. Remember your child is never too old for a bedtime story! Talk about books you have read, ask them questions about what they have read.

Links to Policies and Useful Websites

Amazon – for audio books, kindle and books (remember the PTFA have an account to receive money from books you purchase) 

Year 5 and 6 - 100 books to read before you leave Kyson!