Reading Schemes at St Faith’s
Children begin their reading journey by exploring books without words. These help them to develop an understanding of story plots, characters and settings and expand their comprehension and question skills.
After a sufficient amount of phonics teaching and application has been implemented, children will then move on to decodable books with words. We use books from a variety of schemes that include Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy’s Phonics, Collins Big Cat Phonics and Pearson’s Phonics Bug.
Once children are more confident decoding and are able to read fluently, they are exposed to a broad range of fiction and non-fiction books to further develop their reading skills.
Every Wednesday after school is Library Club. Children can borrow books from the library or you can use the time to share a story together in the space. The Library Club poster is attached below.
Each class has a designated reading corner or area in their classroom. Our school councillors chose to make reading areas one of their focuses and they visited the classrooms before and after to see how things had improved. It is important that children have an inviting, comfortable and cosy area in the classroom to share or read a book. Look at some of our fantastic reading spaces below!
How can you support your child at home?
Encourage children to point to words with their finger.
Reread each sentence from the beginning, after each word.
Hear your child read their school book as often as you can.
Play games with magnetic letters, wooden letters or even foam letters in the bath.
Play word games such as ‘I Spy’.
Point out and talk about words in the environment.
Model reading at home.
Read stories to your child.
Join the school or Central Library.
Be enthusiastic about reading!