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How are the classes organised?

There is one class in each year group from Nursery to Year 4.  We can take up to 30 children per year group.


How often will by child be heard read?

The approach to teaching reading varies depending on the year group your child is in.


In reception the children start on our book banding system with wordless books. As their knowledge of phonics and 'tricky' (common exception words) increases they will progress to books with words. Children take their book home with a reading record and we encourage parents to hear their child for 10 minutes a day, they also have a word tin. Children read to their teacher each week individually and, as they progress, in small groups. they also have opportunities to join in with texts as a class. The books they bring home align with the phonics that they are learning. in the early book bands we use a reduced range of schemes so that the children can gain confidence.


Key stage 1

Children continue on the book banding system as they progress through the book bands a wider range of reading books are introduced.  Teachers teach reading during guided reading sessions and in phonics lessons. Guided reading groups have 5 or 6 children in them. They read a text selected by the teacher and focus on a specific objective, most often a 'real book'. Objectives go beyond just decoding skills. children have to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the meaning and will develop comprehension skills and learn to give opinions. Because the children are learning the next skill the text is usually more challenging than the home reading book. If children are not making sufficient progress we will provide intervention, this is usually 1 to 1. All children have a home reading book that they select themselves from the relevant book band. It is not necessary for the children to read every book in the book band, we have a lot of books to provide choice. We recommend 10 minutes reading at home each day. The home reading book is for consolidation of existing skills and will help to develop fluency. The children's home reading record will contain the focus objectives. Teachers do not hear the children read their home reading book.

Children who complete all 11 colour bands in the system will choose from age appropriate 'key stage plus' books . These usually have short chapters and are designed to develop reading stamina and broaden reading experience


Key stage 2

Children continue with the book band system for their home reading books. For those children who have not completed the 11 key stage 1 book bands there are duplicate book bands in key stage 2 but the books are more age appropriate. Guided reading with the teacher continues as in key stage 1. The books used are 'real books' and have been chosen because they are high quality literature that lends itself to further developing stamina, a love of reading and deep discussion.

If children are not making sufficient progress they will receive additional support for  their specific difficulty. Parents will be informed and strategies for home practice will be discussed.