"Once you learn to read, you'll forever be free."
‒ Frederick Douglass
World Book Day
World book day 2020 - an amazing array of Potters, Seuss, Dahl and Donaldson characters display our love of reading!
What does Reading look like across school?
Home School Agreement
At John Clifford Primary and Nursery School, we ask that you read with your child three times a week to support them and allow them to develop their ever growing skills.
Your child will bring home their reading diary and a reading book to share with you. As your child progresses through their reading journey, they will have reading targets placed in their diary which can help you to prompt and praise them as they read to you.
Reading is an integral part of children's education and it is taught through a range of forms in the Early Years. Your children will bring home a reading book along with their reading diary and you can share their achievements with us by writing in their diary. Children learn many skills in these important years, including how to handle books, read from left to right and use the pictures to provide clues and context. Children benefit from daily phonics sessions as well as 1:1 reading and guided reading sessions. Teachers also model effective reading strategies during daily story time sessions and children access shared reading sessions where they are encouraged to use these methods themselves.
Reading Schemes and Resources
At John Clifford School we use a wide variety of resources to enable our pupils to become confident readers. These include:
- Dandelion Books
- Oxford Reading Tree – origins, phonics etc
- Songbirds (phonics)
- Bug Club
- Big Cat (Collins)
- Real Narrative Texts
Key Stage 2
- Oxford Treetops
- Oxford Reading tree
- Big Cat (Collins)
- Real Reading Texts
From Foundation Stage, children take home reading books linked to the book band that they have been identified as working upon. Children get the opportunity to choose their own book from a wide range of texts within a relevant band. We ask parents to share these books with their children a minimum of three times each week and record this reading in their child's reading diary. In KS1, children change these books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Children are also able to select another reading book of their choice from the classroom libraries. This may be a book that is beyond their reading ability but might be of particular interest to the child. Children should enjoy their reading and experience the delights of choosing a book that they love reading.
The School Library
There should be a balance between structured reading material and other books at each stage. We have wide range of books available to children in all classrooms and in the school library.
The library allows pupils to borrow a wide range of books from sharing/picture books to non-fiction. It is organised colour bands so that children can be guided to an appropriate range of texts as identified by their class teacher.
Children are also given the opportunity to choose any other fiction text from the library which they can share with their parents/carers at home.
The non-fiction section can be borrowed by any year group. These are organised by topic.
Our school library and KS1 reading trolleys are monitored and taken care of by our school librarians as part of our 'Little Leaders' initiative.
The National Curriculum for English