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Richard Bonington Primary and Nursery SchoolTogether we will make a difference to the lives of our children

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Richard Bonington Primary and Nursery SchoolTogether we will make a difference to the lives of our children

How do we prioritise reading in the Foundation Stage?

In FS1, Phase One of letters and sounds is taught and children build their knowledge of rhythm, rhyme and pattern through a range of sensory games, tasks and activities. They have a daily story session where important book skills are experienced and the language required to talk about stories and books is a focus. During these sessions, there is a clear focus on the enjoyment of books, stories and reading.

 

Children in FS2 begin to learn the first 42 phonic sounds when they start school. This is taught at a rapid pace. The teaching of this is multi-sensory and active within a highly focused and daily teaching session.

 

On entry, key (high frequency) words are introduced and are sent home to learn. When children are confidently reading their key words, a new set of key words is sent home. Children in FS2 read individually with an adult at least once a week; they will also experience regular stories as a class, daily opportunities to practice reading skills and opportunities to share their responses to stories. Towards the end of the year, there are chances for children to share and discuss a story in small groups.

 

We have recently introduced some high-quality traditional tales that we feel all children should experience during their childhood years. A pack is sent home for parents to share with their children, which includes stick puppets, allowing parent and child to act out the story whilst reading the book.

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