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Little Pebbles 2 Year Old Provision
In our ‘Little Pebbles’ 2 year old provision children are exposed to daily stories and songs and are introduced to a small number of favorite texts that they get to know really well through the use of props and actions. This forms a basis for developing Talk4Writing as they progress through the school. Their reading development is supported by a text rich environment including daily matching of name labels that are used in a variety of ways.
The core texts that we have chosen for the children to become very familiar with in Little Pebbles are:(click on the links to purchase these)
- Shark in the Park - Nick Sharratt
- Goat Goes to Playgroup - Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt
- The Three Little Pigs (My Very First Story Time)
- Dear Zoo - Rod Campbell
- The Three Little Pigs - Nick Sharratt & Stephen Tucker
- Goldilocks And The Three Bears (My Very First Story Time)
- Whatever Next! - Jill Murphy
- Hooray for Fish! - Lucy Cousins
- Toddle Waddle - Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt
- You Choose - Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart
Continuing their reading journey from nursery, we build on the children's love of stories by ensuring that most of our overarching topics are based around a favourite text. This approach enables the children to become immersed in a story and make links to all other areas of the Early Years Curriculum. Examples of this include stories such as 'Elmer', 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and 'The Snowman'.
From the start of Reception, children follow the Read Write Inc scheme which is delivered daily, ensuring that children rapidly learn all letter sounds and move quickly on to segmenting and blending these sounds to support their reading and writing. This is supported by carefully chosen phonic based home reading books which children read regularly 1-1 with an adult in school as well as at home. Children have weekly timetabled sessions where they access the school library to choose their own books to share at home. By the end of Reception the majority of children are confident to use and apply RWI set 1 and 2 sounds in their reading and writing.
The core texts for Reception build upon the Nursery Selection. They still mainly use patterned language, but begin to have a stronger emotional connection with the reader. Many of them lend themselves to retelling and creating new versions or further adventures featuring the same characters. Click on the links below to purchase these key texts.
- Owl Babies- Martin Waddell
- The Gruffalo- Julia Donaldson
- Handa's Surprise- Eileen Browne
- Mr Grumpy's Outing- John Burningham
- Elmer- David McKee
- Six Dinner Sid- Inga Moore
- Mrs Armitage on Wheels- Quentin Blake
- Whatever Next- Jill Murphy
- On the Way Home- Jill Murphy
- Farmer Duck- Martin Waddell
- The Snowman- Raymond Briggs
- Shhh!- Sally Grindley
Key Stage 2- The Teaching of Reading
Talk4Writing is the approach used to deliver English throughout Key Stage 2. Children internalize a model text becoming familiar with the structure and pattern of the story. Children apply what they have learnt from the text in their independent writing.
In Key Stage 2 whole class guided reading is introduced, providing all children with the opportunity to listen to each other reading aloud and access a range of challenging texts. Over a number of sessions the children work on the same text focusing on developing different reading skills, this enables confident readers to act as role models and enthuse their peers.
Year 3 Class Stories:
Year 4 Class Stories:
Whole Class Story Time
Every class has a story time each day during which the children listen to a member of staff reading a story to them. These stories often include the spine texts from their year group, topic linked books and books that the children have brought in from home. This ensures that the children experience listening to a wide range of stories by a variety of authors each year.
Reading For Pleasure/School Library
We encourage our children to read for pleasure whenever possible. We even have a box of books in the Gazebo outside for children who may want a quieter playtime!
Each week, all children have a chance to visit our school library to choose a book to take home and enjoy. The library is staffed by a great team of 'Junior Librarians' from KS2 who help their friends find books as well as checking books in and out! Children in Little Pebbles and Nursery have an opportunity to choose from a selection of class library books each week.
Every Tuesday after school, Mrs Graham runs a Book Club at which the children read together, write their own book reviews and listen to stories.
As children move into our Nursery they access daily stories, library books to take home and share with parents as well as an inviting reading area giving easy access to a range of appropriate texts. Children also begin to be introduced more formally to letter sounds and corresponding graphemes, focusing on a letter sound per week as the children become ready for this. The children continue to have regular opportunities to sing familiar songs and nursery rhymes. They also access a core range of quality age appropriate texts which they get to know really well.
The core texts we have chosen are almost all repetitive and rather like songs! This makes them easier for the children to join in with so that they experience of reading becomes interactive and the children begin to learn the story as they are read to. Click on the link below to purchase these core texts.
- Where's Spot? - Eric Hill
- Dear Zoo- Rod Campbell
- You Choose - Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt
- We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jnr and Eric Carle
- Jasper's Beanstalk - Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
- Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy - Lynley Dodd
- Each Peach Pear Plum - Allan and Janet Ahlberg
- Hug- Jez Alborough
- The Train Ride - June Crebbin
- Come on, Daisy! - Jane Simmons
Year 1- The Teaching of Reading
Daily Read Write Inc sessions continue in year 1 with a focus on consolidating set 1 and 2 sounds as well as introducing set 3 sounds. The progress of each child is closely tracked and monitored to ensure pupils are achieving and on track to achieve well in the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. Timely and targeted interventions are implemented to ensure that all children have the opportunity to progress. Alongside group reading as part of RWI sessions, children begin group guided reading sessions where they access high quality age appropriate texts. Guided reading focuses on pace, fluency, vocabulary and the key skills needed for comprehension.
The core texts that we have chosen for the children to become very familiar with in Year 1 offer deeper exploration of emotions and wonder. The children also need to be involved in careful reading of the books paying close attention to the detail and entering imagined worlds to experience the stories deeply:(click on the links to purchase these)
- The Lighthouse Keeper's Picnic - Ronda and David Armitage
- Knuffle Bunny - Mo Willems
- Knuffle Bunny Too - Mo Willems
- The Queen's Hat - Steve Antony
- Cops and Robbers - Janet and Allan Ahlberg
- The Tiger Who Came To Tea - Judith Kerr
- One Year With Kipper - Mick Inkpen
- Dogger - Shirley Hughes
- Peace At Last - Jill Murphy
- Elmer - David McKee
- Mister Seahorse - Eric Carle
Year 2- The Teaching of Reading
Year 2 begin the year by consolidating set 3 sounds through the reading of blue and grey RWI books. The majority will move onto English lessons by the end of the Autumn term. Small group RWI interventions continue when needed for specific children or groups. English lessons have a systematic reading to writing approach using 'Talk4Writing'. Children gain a deep knowledge and understanding of a text that is then used to support the development of writing.
Regular small group guided reading sessions continue through year 2 focusing on the development of pace, fluency and key comprehension skills.
The core texts used in Year 2 are important as the children start to move from sharing picture books into sharing chapter books. These not only provide a meaty read, but also demand that the children use their imagination. Many of the chosen books operate on different levels- from the satisfaction of good stories to the exploration of deeper themes. You can click on the links below to purchase the core texts.
- Traction Man is Here- Mini Grey
- Meercat Mail- Emily Gravett
- Amazing Grace- Mary Hoffman
- Pumpkin Soup- Helen Cooper
- Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?- Lauren Child
- Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlets- Tony Ross
- Not Now Bernard- David McKee
- Frog and Toad Together- Arnold Lobel
- The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark- Jill Tomlinson
- The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me- Roald Dahl
- Fantastic Mr Fox- Roald Dahl
- Tuesday - David Wiesner
- The Flower- John Light
- Gorilla- Anthony Browne
- Emily Brown and The Thing- Cressida Cowell
- The Hodgeheg- Dick King Smith
- Flat Stanley- Jeff Brown
- Willa and old Miss Annie- Berlie Doherty
We do everything we can to encourage children to read independently and at home with adults and use special rewards to support this.
Children in Reception collect stars for reading regularly at home with an adult - when they have collected enough stars they get to choose a prize from the class 'Dippy Box'.
In KS1, children who read regularly are rewarded with Reading Critters, which they build up a collection of.
In KS2, children who read regularly at home are rewarded with bookmarks and a choice of books which they are presented in our weekly Reward Assembly.