Teaching of Reading

At Lambourn Primary we begin with vocabulary development and sharing stories for pleasure. Children with their parents, carers, key person, peers and library enjoy hearing good quality narratives. They use the same language to feed back their own life stories using story language and time connectives. E.g. Once upon a time, A long, long time ago, first, next, then, afterwards and finally.

In nursery and reception the adults are all skilled to support children’s language development. Assessing and planning using Every Child A Talker and ICAN resources/toolkits.

ECAT West Berkshire link

Nursery and Reception teachers plan to develop children’s speaking and listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting, to prepare them for learning to read and write using Letters and Sounds.

The activities they use are intended to be used as part of a broad and rich language curriculum that has speaking and listening at its centre, links language with physical and practical experiences, and provides an environment rich in print and abundant in opportunities to engage with books.

Read Write Inc

Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics based programme which helps children learn to read whilst also developing a wide range of vocabulary and encouraging a love of stories. It was developed by Ruth Miskin and more information on this can be found at www.ruthmiskinliteracy.com .
Read Write Inc. programmes work because we get children’s brain ‘COGS’ working: Everything CONNECTS: children connect sounds with mnemonic pictures; words with their meanings; and stories with the sounds they know. They connect their own experiences to the stories they read and learn to lift the words off the page. Children learn ONE thing at a time and practise it until it becomes second nature. Interactive practice keeps children focused, and their capacity to learn develops exponentially. They learn at their GOLDILOCKS spot (not too easy, not too hard) with others at a similar challenge level. No time is wasted. Children remember what they learn by SAYING it out loud to a partner. If they can’t explain it, the teacher repeats it until they can. What’s more, our teachers are trained so they have capacity to show love for what they do. The more they love teaching, the more the children love learning.

  Children become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

Key words you will hear your children using

Grapheme (letters used in spelling and reading e.g. ai). Phoneme (sound that the letters make /a/) Diagraph (two letters that make one sound e.g. ai). Letters written between // are the sound, think of the forward slashes as ears - to hear. Children are supported and encouraged to use their fingers for spelling and clapping for syllables.


Home Reading

In the Nursery the children take home books to share. As they progress, some children will be given a reading book from the school’s banded reading scheme.
From Reception children progress through the bands at the pace deemed appropriate for them by ongoing teacher assessment.

Each band contains the whole range of genre with books from published schemes, well-known 
authors and recommended primary book lists.

Please remember that the School Diary is a means of communication between home and school and we ask that you regularly feedback how your child is progressing with their book, as it is important to ensure they read as much as possible and that we ensure their books are changed as needed.