Tickenham Church of England Primary School

Tickenham Church of England Primary School


Learn to read...read to learn!

We encourage reading for pleasure as much as possible. Parents are encouraged to read to and with their children as much as possible. Class Teachers record and monitor this in different ways but promote it effectively. We invite 'Mystery Readers' in to classes to read to children and we have an area in our communal space where children are encouraged to read quietly and take some time to reflect.


Phonics and Reading Scheme

In school we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of Jolly Phonics kinaesthetic actions and stories. As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practise by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from schemes such as Rigby Star and Rigby Rockets, Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds, Floppy Phonics and Snapdragons.

Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes (such as Big Cat, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Spirals) and is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.
All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.
Once children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library or from home.