We teach reading through a variety of different methods, such as guided reading, shared reading and independent reading. Every child in the school has an independent reading book which they take home and read to an adult. All of our reading books are book banded using guidance from the Institute of Education. Within each band there are a variety of schemes, for example Oxford Reading Tree, Story World and Pearson Bug Club. This gives the children breadth and depth within each band. Once the children are able to read fluently and can answer comprehension questions, they move on to ‘Free Readers’. These books cover fiction and non-fiction and include a variety of authors, for example Michael Morpurgo, Jeremy Strong and Roald Dahl.
All children also have the opportunity to visit the school library each week where they can borrow a fiction or non-fiction book.
At Holmer Green First School we use Letters and Sounds as the primary programme for teaching phonics. In Reception, the Letters and Sounds programme is complemented by Jolly Phonics. We use the Collins Big Cat Song of Sounds scheme for children who find phonics challenging. This allows the children to learn songs and rhymes to remember the grapheme-phoneme correspondence.