Reading is at the heart of learning at Longfield. Pupils are encouraged to become readers, both for purpose and pleasure. Carefully selected books are available to all pupils, from reception through to year 6, in our inviting library, classroom book corners and book shelves.
Within our timetable, we dedicate time for whole class reading, independent reading, developing comprehension skills and deepening understanding of vocabulary and grammar.
Younger years focus on daily phonic input. We value Phonics as an essential component in teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. We believe that when Phonics is taught in a structured, engaging way- starting with the simplest sounds and building up to the most complex- it is the most effective method in ensuring that children become fluent and enthusiastic readers. We follow the guidance given from Letters and Sounds (2007) to inform our teaching sequence.
Longfield employs a variety of reading schemes to ensure that pupils are reading a range of phonetically decodable books, balanced with texts that enrich vocabulary and deepen comprehension. These schemes are: Phonic Bug, Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford Press, Tree Tops, Big Cat, Rising Stars, Reading Planet, Rocket Phonics and Rigby.
Reading is at the heart of the curriculum at Longfield. This is our reading spine; it covers all the high quality books the children read at school as part of their learning, from EYFS through to Year 6.
Open University has a host of activities to help and support you reading with your child at home. Please follow the link below to see the all resources: