Reading at Langtons
Reading at Langtons Infant School
Children have many opportunities for reading in school which include: shared reading in the daily English session, guided reading with the teacher, sharing a class book, and during Book Week, we have ‘DEAR’ (Drop Everything and Read). As well as these scheduled opportunities to read in class, each classroom has a dedicated reading area to encourage reading for enjoyment. This area promotes a love of reading and encourages children to be actively involved in writing book reviews and selecting books for themselves and their peers to enjoy. Throughout the week (often as part of Reciprocal Reading) children will have the opportunity to access this area. We have also relocated our library into our main hall. The children have a timetabled time each week where they can choose a book to take home.
Children will have opportunities to read frequently during whole class English lessons. This may involve reading together as a class from the board or reading/sharing a range of texts.
Each week the children will work with the class teacher in a small group to access a text. This text is rich in vocabulary and aimed at a higher level than they are able to read independently, but with the support of the class teacher, children are able to access the text and extend their reading ability and comprehension. The children will learn important skills such as retrieval of information in a text and interpretation of a text. The range of texts vary, such as Elmer by David McKee or Gorilla by Anthony Browne. We also use the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme. These sessions take place on a daily basis and the children have an opportunity to complete follow up activities to reinforce their understanding of the text.
Children read independently (often with an adult) on a frequent basis. They will access the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme of work, which include a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Once children are secure readers they then access extended chapter books suitable for their reading level. Children take home schoolbooks suited to their ability and are encouraged to also take home books from our class and school libraries.
You can support your child by listening to them read daily. We request that you log in the Reading Record when you have heard your child read. To add further incentive to the children to read, we encourage RED TED (Read Every Day, Talk Every Day). There are many rewards the children can earn such as a pencil, bookmark or badge. They will also get an opportunity to gain a raffle ticket which will be entered into a draw at the end of the year so that one lucky reader will win a bike!