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Learning to read

Learning to Read

Learning to read is one of the most fundamental skills that your child will learn during their time at Eastcroft Park School. We promote a ‘Reading for Enjoyment’ ethos and children are constantly surrounded by books. Each class has its own library area and each year children ll focus on the work of three children’s authors. Children are immersed in books from their first day in Nursery and are given a reading book as soon as they begin Reception.

We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme which teaches children sounds (phonemes) and blending sounds for reading. There are 6 phases of the programme. Phase 1 is taught in Nursery to Phase 6 in Year 2. Children take part in daily discrete ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonic sessions and this is then reinforced throughout all subjects in the curriculum. Some children may need to continue with letters and sounds session during Key Stage 2.

In these sessions, children are taught phonemes in fun and active activities and are encouraged to blend to read - children recognise a sound, hear it, say it and blend each of them together to make a word. Children also participate in a variety of daily reading activities, reinforcing the blending for reading skills.

Oxford Reading Tree is the reading scheme which is used throughout the school. They are fun and stimulating books which the children really enjoy.

Children in Reception also read Rigby Star books which are predominately phonic based and link directly to the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.

Children regularly read to adults in school during Guided Reading sessions and one to one sessions. Reading is continually assessed and monitored and additional support given to those children who need it. The recent addition of ‘Big Cat’ book resources have proved popular amongst the children  and has added a new dimension to the variety of books that we offer.

During ERIC (Everyone Reading In Class) children are given the time and the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into their chosen book through silent reading. This encompasses everyone in the room, including adults, who also read their current favoured book. We find this models good behavior for learning and shares the message that reading is for everyone.

We recognise that parent partnership is a crucial tool in a child’s progress. We encourage children to read their home/school reading book every evening and record progress in their reading log book.



The Reading Champion and Reading Huts

Mrs Proffitt is the school Reading Champion. Her role is to raise standards in reading and to promote reading for pleasure.


Each term a group of children will be identified for an intensive programme of reading support. This will involve daily one to one reading sessions with phonics and key words work. The children also have weekly book clubs where than can enjoy reading together for pleasure. Mrs Richardson will also promote Reading for Pleasure throughout the school by leading lunchtime book clubs which are open to all children.


To enable an accurate measure of the impact of the programme the reading skills and attitudes to reading of the children are measured pre and post intervention. The first group of children, who were involved in the programme during the Summer Term 2014, demonstrated that they had made excellent progress with children making as much as 2 years progress in just 6 weeks.


A reading hut has been installed in the Infant Hall. This is an exciting and stimulating environment for the children to work in and to enjoy story time. The hut is a wonderfully cosy little nook, perfect for snuggling up and getting comfortable with a good book.


The house has been equipped with a wide range of new books for each Key Stage. During the Summer Term it is a beach hut but children will be able to suggest ideas to transform the house each term i.e. a castle, Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandma’s cottage etc. Inside there is comfortable seating, mood lighting, book shelves and book displays.

Figure 1 The opening of the Reading Hut during World Book Day.

Due to the success of the Reading Hut a second hut has been installed in the Reception Class.