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Old Hall

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At Old Hall, one of our priorities is to establish and nurture a lifelong love of reading in our children and staff.

We use Big Cat Collins reading books to support our children in developing their early reading skills. We chose these early reading books because they link directly with the Letters and Sounds sequence that we use to deliver phonics. We use the Oxford Reading Tree books - a systematic approach to teaching phonics. 


In our school, all EYFS and KS1 children attempt to read with their teacher on a 1:1 basis at least once a week. KS2 children will take part in class reading sessions where teachers will support reading skills collectively and ensure needs are also met individually. At Old Hall we have very dedicated volunteers who listen to and encourage our children to enjoy reading.


Story time is an essential part of every single day in school. It is during this time that we can nurture a love of reading and create meaningful experiences and discussions together.


Children should:


  • read for pleasure as well as study

  • read a wide range, including media and online texts and texts from a variety of cultures and traditions

  • develop the ability to understand layers of meaning

  • learn to respond critically to what they read

  • explore meanings of text through drama


Parents should:


  • promote a love of reading by modelling engagement with a variety of texts

  • equip children with the skills they need to read with literal and inferential understanding

  • introduce children to texts that capture their imagination and encourage critical thinking (having a good knowledge of children’s literature)

  • provide a range of meaningful opportunities for children to engage with texts

  • aim to provide children with a bedtime story to allow time to enjoy a book together.


Reception and Key Stage One:


Children should read with a parent or carer every day at home. This should be recorded in their Reading Diary, which should be checked weekly by an adult in school. The books that children take home are chosen to support their level of development and to support their love of reading.


Key Stage Two:


Children should read independently every day at home, and with a parent or carer at least twice a week. This must be recorded in their Reading Diary, which should be checked weekly by an adult in school. Children will be taught how to select appropriate texts for their level of understanding, and this is monitored by teachers in school.


Below you will find helpful links in relation to Reading. You are able to print and download these to help your child with their reading at home.