At Telford Infant School 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 our school are varied from free choice from our class book corners, online eBooks, playtime trollies or the school library to regular shared, guided, whole class and individual reading sessions.
Children are provided with a range of different text styles and the books children are encouraged to read match the phonics phase they are learning. Once children have reached Phase 5 phonics, they follow a colour book banded 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: Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White, Lime, Copper, Topaz, Ruby and Emerald.
Our library is open plan and situated at the heart of our school for everyone to enjoy. 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 ideas 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!
At Telford Infant School we follow the Twinkl phonics programme to deliver the Department for Education’s phonics scheme. Throughout Phase 1, children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to discriminate between and use auditory, environmental and instrumental sounds. Phase 1 is taught in Reception. In Reception, children work within Phase 2 and Phase 4. Children are introduced to phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (letters) systematically. They also learn to develop and apply blending and segmenting skills for reading and writing.
Phase 5 and Phase 6 are taught in Key Stage 1. In Phase 5 children apply their phonics knowledge and skills as the prime approach to reading and spelling. It focuses on phonetically decodable two-syllable and three-syllable words and the alternative ways of pronouncing and representing the long vowel phonemes. Children will develop their ability to read and spell increasingly complex words. By Phase 6, children explore spelling patterns and grammar while also developing a breadth of knowledge, skills and understanding in the recognition and spelling of common exception words.
Here is some further information and some activities that you can do at home ...