Nursery - Year 1

At Kingsfield reading is immersed into our curriculum. It is taught specifically during phonics and English lessons but children are practising and applying their reading skills constantly across all subject too.

There are many different methods of teaching and practising reading such as:

  • Guided reading
  • Phonic lessons
  • Storytelling
  • Individual reading
  • Story time
  • Read at Home/Take home books

Below gives you more information to what reading looks like in each year group (YN-Y1)

Reading Schemes

We ensure that our reading schemes encourage children to apply the new phonological knowledge they have gained by providing them with decodable home reader reading books from schemes such as Big Cat Collins Phonics, Oxford University Press and  Project X . Alongside these schemes we use Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree and a wide range of appropriately levelled real books to ensure children develop a great love of reading and have an opportunity to  embed the application of key reading skills.

As mentioned in the panels above, when your child is able to decode and start to read themselves they will receive a book closely matched to their phonic ability. It is recommended that in particular for book banded books pink - gold they are read 3 times.

1st time - to decode and practise phonics

2nd time - to build fluency (read it at a quicker pace)

3rd time - for comprehension (the understanding of the story, they should be more fluent, therefore understand a little more about what is going on in the story)

The document below is a chart showing the progression of book bands and links to phonic phases

For more information on reading at home, expectations of the child and parent and other support materials click on the box below!

Developing a Love of Reading

At Kingsfield we try to encourage a Love of Reading from the off! There are many things we do to try and create excitement and enjoyment of reading, please click the link below for more information.

More specifically to early reading, children in Foundation Stage start with Lilac wordless books as stated above. We have created activities to go with each of these including cooking, crafts and story-telling to encourage an engagement with and a love for books straightaway.

We also give children the best start we can by teaching them to read as soon as possible but, when they are ready.  We want to provide them with the skills they need for their future, reading being a big one! Therefore, this means if a child in nursery is ready to move forward with phonics and decoding then we would support and guide them through that! We work with your child and their needs!

In year 1 children access a range of high-quality engaging texts across a range of genres. These are linked across subjects and areas of learning with teachers sharing them and modelling a range of reading strategies.

Click her for more detailed information on love of reading at Kingsfield!