Here at Springfield Infants we actively promote a love of reading within our school community. We recognise the importance of learning how to read and of sharing high quality texts from an early age.
Every day each class takes part in reading activities with time planned for teachers and teaching assistants to listen to children read both individually and as a group. Every classroom has a designated reading area with a range of books for your child to enjoy and we also have a well stocked library which the children get to use throughout the week.
Children bring home a reading book and word cards every day so that they can continue with their reading at home and learn from the adults in their families. Book bags are changed every day with children issued with a new book if they have read it and are ready to move on. If you have read at home with your child, please remember to sign and date your child's reading diary.
Every child brings home a set of cards with words on them. These are often called 'keywords' or 'red words'. The words on the cards are words which frequently come up in the children's books and in our everyday language. We expect the children to learn to read these words by sight (without hesitation or sounding out). Having a set of keywords that your child can read easily will enable them to read more fluently without having to sound out every word in their book.
The technique of 'sounding out' new words is actively encouraged but it is alongside the learning of keywords from memory.
Our Year 1 and Reception teachers run a series of talks about reading and phonics during the autumn term. Please take a look at the school calendar to see when they are taking place. The talks will be held in your child's classroom and you will be shown some of the techniques that the teachers are using in class so that you can support your child at home with their reading.