At Barnham, we always encourage children to learn to read for enjoyment and for information.
In the early years, reading is taught through synthetic phonics using StoryTime Phonics. This follows Letters and Sounds as a basis for planning, whole word recognition and reading for meaning. Ongoing assessment ensures that phonics is taught systematically and to each individual need.
In the early stages of reading, books are organised to closely match the learners' phonics knowledge; this allows the opportunities for consolidating learning and plugging any gaps which individuals may have.
Books have been carefully selected to ensure that children remain interested and engaged in learning to read; they include, non-fiction and fiction, with some well-known and loved stories for the children to consolidate their reading skills (eg, Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt).
We understand that as the children progress in their reading and become more fluent readers, their need for more challenging books is greater. Books have been carefully grouped at this stage of reading to ensure that children are able to continue to progress.
We have recently updated our reading books, making sure that books are current and inviting to the children. We want children to be excited about the books they are choosing and want to continue their reading journey. we will continue to listen to the children's interests and purchase books for our reading scheme based on this.
Reading for Pleasure
Reading for pleasure remains a focus at Barnham Primary. We recognise the many benefits that reading for pleasure brings, including:
The school library has become a central hub for the children where they are able to select books with their families to take home to read, spend time each day reading in the comfort of the library or engage in daily activities carefully selected by staff. New books are continually being purchased to reflect the latest bestsellers, new and up-coming authors and, quite simple, the old classics.
Each class has it's only designated area for reading, where it is inviting and 'cosy' with a selection of texts, fiction and non-fiction, for the children to choose.
Reading is taught in a variety of ways at Barnham, including:
Reading is also explicitly taught in lessons regularly to ensure the children have the opportunity to develop skills for improving their accuracy, fluency and comprehension.
Books have been purchased and bought to reflect our curriculum. Texts are carefully selected to allow children to research independently. Online texts have been purchased, such as National Geographics, to extend reading and immerse children in more complex literature and vocabulary.
Reading at Home
We encourage all children to read at home with an adult at least five times a week. We know how important this is to support the children in developing as independent readers. Children are all issued with Reading Records to record reading, both at home and school.