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Reading at Birdwell


We aim to promote a love of reading for all of our children at Birdwell. Children have a reading record to keep track of their reading at home and school. Particularly in the Early Years and Key Stage 1, adults frequently hear children read either as part of a group, individually or within discrete reading and phonics sessions. This helps us to monitor progress and put in place interventions for those who need extra support. In Key Stage 2, daily guided reading sessions also enable children to develop their comprehension and inference skills as a reader. 


In the EYFS and KS1, we use the North Somerset Phonics into Spelling scheme. In Reception, children begin to learn sounds and use them to begin to read (and write) words. Throughout Key Stage 1 children are taught all of the different sounds and how these are recorded as letters. They use these to help them read (and write) more difficult words. Where appropriate, phonics is continued into KS2 for any children who require additional support. We hold parent workshops in EYFS and Year 1 to inform and support parents and carers. 


We are lucky to have a well-stocked library where children can access a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. Each classroom has access to books and there are many opportunities across the day for children to read. 


We always enjoy celebrating World Book Day together in March each year!


We are fortunate to have a large number of reading books, from a variety of reading schemes. Children have access to fully decodable phonics books as well as books that practise Common Exception Words (words that are frequent in English but don't follow the rules of phonics). Children read books that come from schemes such as Rigby Star, Usborne, Phonics Bugs and The Oxford Reading Tree.



The reading we do in class, whether picture books or novels, regularly inspires our writing. We often use the 'Power of Reading' approach to provide our children with purposeful opportunities to write and apply the skills taught.