Claycots approach to Reading

At Claycots we support children in making the transition between learning to read and reading to learn. This must go hand in hand with encouraging all children to see themselves as readers and to value books as a source of pleasure and enjoyment as well as for information. We provide children with the tools to read for pleasure and purpose and to develop a lifelong love of books and learning.

Our children begin by learning phonics within a language-rich framework that fosters positive attitudes towards reading and a love of books from the outset in Explorers. This is developed throughout the phases as children discover new texts, venture into the world of digital literacy and broaden their horizons by pursuing their own interests as they make their journey throughout the school.

To ensure teaching of reading is successful, we expose pupils to a balanced and creative approach in the context of rich oral language development. This should include the systematic teaching of phonics as well as focusing on application in context, exploring comprehension, developing vocabulary and instilling reading enjoyment.

Parents and the home environment are essential to the early teaching of reading and the fostering of a love of reading. Research has also repeatedly shown that parental involvement in their child’s literacy practices is a more powerful force than other family background variables, such as social class, family size and level of parental education.

If you would like further information about how we teach Reading, please have a look at our full policy here:

Home Reading

Research clearly shows that children who have regular support at home with their reading are likely to achieve a high standard by the end of Year 6. We do everything we can to encourage this partnership of reading in school and at home.

In Reception, children are assessed and assigned a colour band; they are then given free choice to select a book within the appropriate range so that they can both enjoy reading and make progress.  These books are changed regularly at school and can be taken home to be read with parents. Your child will be given a reading record book to support home-school communication. This is a great way to communicate with your child’s teacher and we encourage all parents to make comments and record your child's reading progress.

Click here to view a guide to learn which colour band your child should be reading in order to meet age-related expectations. 

To view some question stems which you can use to support your child’s reading at home.
Years 1 and 2 and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

To view a bookmark with questions that you can use to support your child’s reading at home.
Years 1 and 2 and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6

Bug Club Bugclub contextual2

Your child also has access to online texts via Bug Club. These can be assigned by the class teacher and accessed at home to allow children opportunities to read a broad range of fiction and non-fiction. Here is the link

If you don’t know your child’s username or password, please ask their class teacher.