We practise reading in Reception daily and follow the Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat schemes of books. We start by reading the grey band Oxford Reading tree books, which helps the children to familiarise themselves with the key characters (Mum, Dad, Kipper, Floppy, Biff and Chip). Once the children are confident in naming the characters and recognising the names by sight, as well as being able to talk about the story, we move onto the green band books. After this, we move up through the bands based on the children's confidence.
To go alongside the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, we have coloured 'key words' for the children to learn. These are words which come up often in the books and are words which you can't sound out. Therefore, the children need to be able to sight read the words. There is no rush for the children to learn these as we teach them at the rate they are comfortable with. Your child will have received the first grey key words when they started and will receive other key words throughout the year to take home and practise. Please see the key word attachment to see the key words the children learn throughout the year. You may also print these off at home.
Please also see the high frequency word list attachment. These contain words which come up most often in children's reading and writing and we try to practise these often in school throughout the year. The words become increasingly challenging as you go down the columns.
As well as reading Oxford Reading Tree books and our key words, we look at a variety of books to inspire, engage and motivate the children. We love reading in Reception and have story time throughout the day where the children come together to look at a colourful and exciting book! Some of the books that we will be looking at can be found under Topic Books.
Please read with your child as much as possible to encourage a love of reading.