Reading

Reading is given a high priority at The Boyle and Petyt School. We want all children to develop into efficient readers who, through their enjoyment of books, can empathise with other people, other places and other times.  We aim to exploit the positive relationship between reading for pleasure and achievement and wellbeing.

At The Boyle and Petyt School children are taught to read using systematic synthetic phonics (Letters and Sounds) within Early Years and Key Stage 1. They are taught to decode and blend words using the sounds they have learnt in phonics lessons and to use picture clues to help them when reading books.

Throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1 the children will read our school reading books; this is a combination of fiction and nonfiction books placed into bands appropriate for a child’s reading development. Once a child is a competent reader and they can show fluency and a deep understanding of what they have read they move off book bands and choose their own reading material.

All teachers place a high priority on listening to children read. We listen to individual children read and we share class books, often to complement our work in English and topic.  We are fortunate in having an enthusiastic and competent band of parents, ex-parents, governors and grannies who love coming into school on a weekly basis to share books with children.

We have well-stocked book areas in all our classrooms, our school council monitors a ‘book swap shelf’ in the hall and children take responsibility for recommending books to others through talks, presentations and displays. We are also happy for children to curl up with a good book during playtime and set aside comfortable areas to do this, both indoors and out.

Children are taught to read using systematic synthetic phonics (Letters and Sounds) within Early Years and Key Stage 1. They are taught to decode and blend words using the sounds they have learnt in phonics lessons and to use picture clues to help them when reading books.

Throughout EYFS and KS1 the children will read our school reading books; this is a combination of fiction and non-fiction books placed into bands appropriate for the child’s reading development. Once a child is a competent reader and can show fluency and deep understanding of what they have read, they move off book bands and choose their own reading material.

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