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Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics at Cale Green

We place the utmost importance on developing reading skills, understanding clearly what is read and in developing a lifelong love of reading. Our experience shows us that children benefit hugely by exposure to books from an early age.

Right from the start, lots of opportunities are provided for children to engage with books that fire their imagination and interest. They are encouraged to choose and read books freely as well as sharing them with adults.

Enjoying and sharing books leads to children seeing them as a source of pleasure and interest and motivates them to value reading.

All the children have the opportunity to visit the school library each week. The library is also open every lunch time and is supervised by a Teaching Assistant who has the help of ‘Young Librarians’. The library contains a range of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, newspapers, comics and school reading scheme books. The children also visit our local library in Edgeley and take part in the annual summer reading challenge.

We hold many activities to develop an enjoyment of reading. The headteacher reads at least 1 novel to all Key Stage 1 and 2 children each year. Each class teacher identifies a novel / story books to be read during each theme. We take part in the Stockport Book Awards as well as World Book Day. These activities can involve reading the nominated books, writing reviews, taking part in various activities such as art and craft around the stories contained in the books and in lots of dressing up!

The children also meet authors and illustrators, both at school and at other venues and story tellers regularly visit the school. We hold regular home / school activities around stories such as designing ‘Stig of the Dump’s’ dump and a Roald Dahl ‘diorama’! We also have a ‘Mad March Readathon’, Christmas ‘Story Time’ and theatre visits linked to popular fiction

The majority of our awards are given in books (with a bookplate inside) or book vouchers. Our top prize for achievement, behaviour and effort, when a child achieve 50 stars on their Cale Green Achievement Chart, is a visit to a local book shop, ‘Simply Books’, to select a book prize to be presented in Family Assembly!

Additional support is given for children where necessary and this includes ‘Reading Recovery’ delivered as part of the ‘Every Child a Reader’ programme.

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