Our aim at Smannell & Enham is to ensure that all children leave here with a love of reading. Reading is taught through a combination of guided reading (groups), whole class reading and individual reading. The main focus alongside the technical aspects of phonics and word reading is comprehension and pleasure. The questions we ask children to answer about a text develop in complexity as they mature as readers.
We have a good selection of colour-banded books (red through to white) which the children are encouraged to change and take home on a regular basis. The books are an amalgamation of reading schemes. To fit with the government expectations that children should be reading phonetically decodable books for early reading in Yr R and Yr 1, we have added to the colour-banded collection with Bug Club's 'Comics for Phonics' and books from the 'Read, Write, Inc' scheme. Once children have completed the colour-banded scheme, they choose from the school's collection of early chapter books called 'free readers' before moving onto own choice reading. We also have a collection of 'star readers' designed to motivate reluctant readers, who tend to be in the main boys.
We also aim to provide a variety of texts that provide a rich model for children's writing.
Children are encouraged to use the school library once a week on a Friday afternoon where they can browse and borrow books to take home. Mrs Andrews is the school librarian.
If you have any questions regarding your child's progress in reading, please contact his or her class teacher.