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We would like to say that we are so proud of all of our pupils and their resilience and attitude in what has been a difficult year and a half, thanks you wonderful children you are FAB. A special mention to the year 6 pupils who leave us today; we sincerely wish you the very best as you move to secondary school, but offer an open invitation if any of you would like to come and see us in the future......... keep us informed of how things are going. Stay safe over the summer period and we look forward to seeing everone back on Thursday 2nd September- bright eyed and bushy tailed. .................. please keep an eye out for parentmails during the summer break as there is lots to share with you all........................Let us hope that next year is 'normal' and that we can enjoy being together in class and in school. Thanks to all the parents that have worked so hard to help their children through lockdowns, both academically and emotionally...........we know how difficult it was. Stay safe!
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Freemantle

Church of England Community Academy Trust

Reading

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.

 

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