At William Austin Infant School we have home reading books that are changed twice a week. We select levelled books aimed at each child’s individual stage of reading and use schemes such as Phonic Bug, Rigby Star and Nelson. These books give children a range of reading experiences such as non fiction, fiction, poetry and comic books.
We have strong home school links and value the impact that parents and carers have on the development of their children’s reading. Children are heard by a staff member at least once a week and given feedback including next steps to help improve their reading skills.
Children read at least once a week with a member of staff in school for Guided Reading. During these sessions children are supported and challenged in their reading to achieve specific targets. Children in Year 1 and Year R use specific Phonic Bug books matched to their phonic phase of learning as well as books from Rigby Star, Nelson, Oxford Literacy Web, Ginn All Aboard and real books (non-scheme books). Children read a range of genres.
Children in Year 1 and 2 use the school library each week to select a new library book which is chosen by the children to reflect their interests and enjoyment.
In Year R children select a book from their own class library.
At William Austin Infant School we embrace technology and modern communication means. As such our school also uses Bug Club where children experience reading through e books. Not only do children enjoy engaging with text on the screen with exciting illustrations, they also enjoy testing their comprehension through timely well placed questions.