At Maple, we believe that reading holds the key to a child’s lifelong success and it is at the heart of everything that we do. Through our teaching of reading and the exposure to high quality texts our pupils immerse themselves into an abundance of unknown, creative, thought-provoking and inspiring realms. Supported by their ongoing phonological understanding, our pupils grow in independence as readers through confidently decoding a range of texts. Their understanding is supported by constant talk surrounding what we read and by making links to the children’s own experiences as well as the fascinating world around them. We want children at Maple to be life-long lovers of reading who are excited and inspired by texts. Exposure to a broad range of vocabulary supports their communication skills, enabling them to feel empowered as learners. Throughout our curriculum, reading is embedded across all subjects enabling our pupils to become knowledgeable, literate and ambitious learners.
Throughout the Early Years and Key Stage One children are immersed in an environment rich in print. The image below demonstrates some of the key texts which we use within each year group.
We are keen to ensure that the texts we share with our children reflect our community - their different family structures, the variety of ethnic backgrounds and any disabilities or needs that individuals have. The links below are for a great website where parents can also find recommended stories and books which reflect our diverse community - please click on the images to take you to the relevant section of website for EYFS and KS1.
At Maple we believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing accessible for all pupils. Engaging, high quality daily phonics teaching takes place to support children to develop their reading as well as supporting spelling and early writing - please our phonics page for more information. At Maple we use the following reading schemes to support the teaching of reading:
Big Cat Phonics books
Jelly and Bean Books
Oxford Reading Tree
Our curriculum provides a range of reading opportunities in all areas of learning. Reading skills are taught through 1:1 reading, small groups, guided reading and whole class reading opportunities.
As part of our school development planning, we are currently taking part in CLPE’s (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) successful Power of Reading training programme which we are excited to explore to further enhance our high quality reading curriculum.
Reading skills are taught through 2 dimensions:
The following ‘Reading Skills Overview’ clearly identifies how reading skills are developed at Maple Infants’ School between Nursery and year 2.