Reading at Hugh Joicey

At Hugh Joicey C of E First School, we aim to meet the needs of every child. We aim for children to become articulate and literate individuals with a strong love of reading. 
Find out more about our intent, implementation and impact in our Phonics and Early Reading policy. 
We aim for all children to access an enriching and stimulating curriculum by getting children reading as early as possible. All children have equal access to the curriculum. Children with specific reading, speech and language or hearing difficulties will be identified and supported in school and external help sought where necessary. 
We aim for children to practise and enjoy reading regularly. This could be through:
  • One-to-one reading with an adult 
  • Shared reading 
  • Guided reading 
  • Reading across the curriculum 
  • Independent reading 
  • Home reading 
  • Listening to stories read aloud on a daily basis 
Class libraries 
Every class has access to a range of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts in a variety of genres and styles, reflecting the diverse world in which we live. 
Story time 
Every class has a daily, scheduled story time, so children can hear how a good reader sounds. It is a time to enjoy stories and books, providing language-rich experiences with opportunities to develop vocabulary and comprehension skills. Staff watch and support each other's story sessions. 
Parental involvement 
We believe that in school we teach children how to read. At home children practise and embed the skills they learn in school. Adults at home are encouraged to listen to children read at home. Children take home a reading book that is closely matched to their growing phonic knowledge. They are encouraged to read this book more than once, to build accuracy, fluency and understanding of the text. They also take home a self-chosen library book, to promote enjoyment and a love of reading. 
You might find these guides useful when listening to your child read at home. 
We follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme. This rigorous programme ensures that most children can confidently segment and blend unfamiliar words and read many common exception words fluently and accurately by the end of Key Stage 1. 
Please see our Phonics and Early Reading Policy for more information. 
You might also find these documents and links helpful. - a video showing how to pronounce pure sounds. - the Oxford Owl website, with lots more information about Read Write Inc Phonics, and resources that you can use at home. 
Please contact your child's teacher if you have any further questions about phonics. 
How we develop a love of reading 
  • Reading challenges, like our Extreme Reading challenge (scroll down to see some of our Extreme Readers!) 
  • Choosing high quality texts to use in the classroom from Pie Corbett's Reading Spine (this list is not exhaustive, but there are some great examples of texts to use for each age group )
  • Reading Buddies - older children read to the younger children in school 
  • Encourage parent readers in school 
  • Book swaps 
  • Performing poetry to other classes in school 
  • Daily story time, with different adults reading to the children 
  • Special events - World Book Day, Forest School reading sessions, theme days, Summer reading challenge from the local library