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The Duke of Norfolk CofE Primary School

Reading in the Early Years

Reading is taught in a wide variety of ways in Early Years.  Initially phonics is a very important part of the process, where we teach the children how to read (and write) the basic letter sounds which enable word building. (Please attend our Phonics Evening in September wherever possible where we will explain our phonics teaching, and tell you how you can help your child at home.)  Phonics is taught daily.  


Your child will have an individual reading book, which is usually changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, assuming it has been read.  They will read individually with an adult in school each week.  


We also practice 'Book Talk' at the Dukes, where the children each have their own copy of a group text, and read with more independence together with their group, answering questions to develop deeper understanding of the meaning of the text.


Reading is interspersed into all our teaching and is encouraged across our whole learning environment, with a specific class text generally being the starting point for our topic based learning.


Finally, we work with our friends in Year 5 to share 'reading buddy' time.  Each child has their own buddy, who listens to them read, before reading them a library book, as another of a wide range of methods to encourage a life-long enjoyment of books.

'From tiny acorns, great forests grow.'