At Stoke Park Infant School we use a number of reading schemes to help us to teach the children to read. Our main scheme is The Oxford Reading Tree. Our books are organised into colour bands and the children progress through these as they develop their skills. Each week the children have 2 guided reading sessions, one with the class teacher and one with the teaching assistant. They can change their reading book as often as they like and choose from the coloured banded boxes outside each classroom.
All children have a reading diary which they keep in their book bag. Teachers either write a comment in the diary or place a sticker detailing what they are working on. Children in year 1 and 2 may also have a list of key words that they need to learn stapled at the back of their reading diaries.
We introduce phonics through The Read Write Inc programme, and Letters and Sounds.
Each class has a book area which is visually stimulating and contains a selection of high quality books which encourage the children to read for pleasure. These are linked to our topics and used in guided reading sessions. They may be asked to re - create a story with puppets and small world figures, review a book, write facts they have found out, practise their phonics skills or role play stories.
Our school library is well stocked and organised, with a range of high quality books. All classes visit the library on a weekly basis where they have the opportunity to browse and select a book to borrow. A number of our year 2 children have been trained as librarians, and have opportunities to help with the looking after of the library and with the selection of books from the mobile library van.