We place a great emphasis on reading and believe that every child should develop a lifelong love of books and enjoyment of reading. We aim to make reading meaningful by immersing children in a rich literacy environment. Opportunities for Reading at Telford Infants are rich and varied – from free choice from our class book corners, playtime trollies or school library to regular shared, guided and individual reading sessions.
Children are encouraged to apply many reading strategies and reinforce their phonics skills (see below) through our Phonics and colour banded books. Children are encouraged to experience a range of different text styles.
We follow a colour Book Banding System made up of books from a variety of reading schemes. Each colour band allows the children to choose from an exciting range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. The books follow this order:
Children learn to read at different speeds – they may make a lot of progress and then spend several weeks, or months consolidating their knowledge. This may mean they remain on the same colour band for a while. Please do not worry if this is the case.
Every child is given a book bag by the PTA when they join our school for the children to carry their book and reading diary to and from school.
We are very proud of our library which is open plan and situated at the heart of our school for everyone to enjoy. Our lunchtime library club children help to keep our library tidy and regularly change our library display. All classrooms have their own book corners, stocked with reading materials to tempt readers of all abilities and interests.
Much of our curriculum is taught through exciting texts and we always enjoy celebrating special literary events such as National poetry Day and World Book Day. We have also really enjoyed visits from children's authors.
Reading at home every day makes a huge difference. Here are some ides for helping your child with reading.
From early mark making right through to our oldest children, Telford Infant children are encouraged to see themselves as writers.
Endless opportunities for writing are available not only in English lessons, but across the whole curriculum. Teachers promote writing skills in topic, maths and in every-day classroom routines such as labelllng classroom displays and writing lists.
Handwriting – We teach cursive writing using the Letter Join scheme. www.letterjoin.co.uk/index.html
Helping your child with writing at home.
For all children – make writing fun!
Here is some further information and some activities that you can do at home ...