Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at school, therefore at Westleigh, reading is at the forefront of our school and forms a key part of our curriculum. We understand the importance of reading within the curriculum and how this can help children progress through their life. Reading has a profound impact on a child's educational outcomes, mental wellbeing and it is also a joyful, magical experience for the children.
We want your child to love reading - and to want to read for themselves. This is why we ensure that our reading curriculum is wide and varies in experiences for the children, whilst exposing the children to a range of high-quality and exciting texts. Our aim is for our children to develop a love of reading and for this to shine through school.
We start this exciting reading journey by exposing the children to books in our Nursery and this then develops into the beginning of our phonics teaching in Reception up until Year 2 (see phonics tab for more information on this). Once children begin to blend sounds together, they practise with reading books that are matched to their phonics level and the 'tricky words' that they know. This helps their confidence and self-esteem giving them the belief and willingness to read more. Up until the end of Year 2, your child will work with other children who are at the same level as themselves.
In Key Stage 2 the children will have books that are closely linked to their reading ability, this is done through our work with My Book Blog.
You can access more information here: https://mybookblog.org/plogin/westleigh-methodist-/
My Book Blog will be accessible to children in Years 2-6. We have invested a lot of time and money into our library to ensure our children have access to high quality books written by popular authors in a welcoming environment. For children in Years 2-6 these books will replace the reading scheme books that they have previously used. We are confident this will help every child to develop a love of reading.
We have introduced story time as a key part of our reading curriculum and this runs from our Nursery class all the way up to Year 6. It is such an important part of a child's journey through reading to be read to. This is why we have integrated this into our weekly timetable for all classes. The children will be exposed to a wide range of magical texts that will ignite their imagination and excite them.
Children are encouraged to read daily with their parents.