At Branfil, we passionately believe that reading confidently and competently is an essential element of a every pupil's future success.The 'Reading at Branfil' document below gives an overview of how we support all children to develop a love of reading.
Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners (i.e. unskilled readers) when they start school. At Branfil we use the Read, Write Inc Phonics scheme for children in Reception and Key Stage 1.
In addition to decoding texts, we also focus on comprehension and vocabulary development during our daily shared reading lessons, teaching the wide variety of skills that are required to be a confident reader (see document below for details).
At Branfil, we follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme as soon as children start at the school. Children progress through the colour bands until they become confident and fluent readers. They then move on to be free readers, choosing from bronze, silver and gold banded books; these books form our school library and encourage the children to become more independent readers.
We expect children to read at least 5 times a week as we know that reading is key to a child’s success. As well as reading their school book, we encourage them to read anything; comics, newspapers, non-fiction, fiction and poetry are all important. We want them to love reading so it must be made an enjoyable experience. Star Reader rewards and Reading Bingo are two examples of how we encourage children to read for pleasure out of school.
Below you will find various documents to support children's reading, including the recommended Top 100 books that all children should read before leaving primary school, ways that you can access e-books and ideas on how you can support your child with reading at home.