Reading at Shears Green
At Shears Green Infant school, we provide children with a range of opportunities for reading for a purpose and in different areas of the curriculum.
Children have access to a range of books from their colour band (please note that books are banded by ability) and are able to choose a book from their coloured band or a lower level in order to encourage reading for pleasure. We enjoy sharing the books the children have read and do expect that they read at home for at least 10 minutes every day.
We also support our children with their reading through many other opportunities during the school day.
Daily Phonics, where the children are exposed to a range of sounds but also complete activities set to their own level. In Reception children follow the Letters and Sounds Programme taught through Jolly Phonics. In years 1 and 2 children follow the Read, Write, Inc phonics programme.
- Buster's Book Club. We take part in this Kent Messenger initiative which encourages children to read for extended lengths of time. Children have the opportunity to win certificates, badges, trophies, reward vouchers and trips to prize giving days.
- Bug Club. This is an online reading activity for children to complete at home. Books are set by the teachers for children to access at home. There are activities to encourage children's comprehension skills.
Daily Guided Reading sessions where children are presented with a chosen text and discuss this in small groups whilst supported by an adult.
Power of Reading – usually linked to topic - where children are given opportunities to read and discuss texts as a class.
The curriculum – reading and writing present themselves in other areas of the curriculum so that children are reading and writing for a purpose, whilst developing their knowledge and understanding of the world.
Building Reading Power (BRP) – Our Teaching Assistants are trained to support children to develop their reading skills
Story Time – The children enjoy a daily story session which lasts at least 15 minutes. The extended texts shared are carefully selected to ensure the children are regularly immersed in rich vocabulary and have the opportunities to discuss the characters, events and ideas within the story.