Research shows that children who enjoy reading not only do better in language and literacy subjects, but in all other subjects as well. Reading is also essential in developing language skills through the exposure to challenging vocabulary on different topics which they may not hear otherwise in their day-to-day lives. We know that reading encourages a thirst for knowledge and leads to children asking questions and developing an interest in different cultures and languages. We also know that a love of reading helps to develop a child’s imagination and creativity.
At St. John’s, we want to encourage and nurture a love of reading for all our children and we do this in a variety of ways. We start by placing a high importance on reading in the early stages and much of our daily timetable focuses on phonic skills and word recognition whilst sharing picture books linked to the learning in class. Children who are gaining fluency are able to choose from high quality books, suitable for their ability while still encouraging an enjoyment of reading.
Every year group, from Bramble Class to Starling Class develop a love of reading which begins with our phonics scheme Essential Letters and sounds and continues through the exciting choice of books featured in our English scheme – The Literacy Tree. Books are explored by a whole class, in Guided Reading groups and often on a one-to-one basis. Children rehearse and develop their skills through the school reading scheme and, when fluent, can venture into the world of ‘free reading’ whilst still being monitored by their teacher.