Phonics & Reading

At Bannockburn we are passionate about reading and we endeavor to make sure that all our children develop a love of reading and that every child leaves us as a reader.

Central to our approach is the teaching of systematic phonics using ‘Letters and Sounds’. Daily, discrete high quality teaching alongside effective assessment and tracking helps to ensure that children meet the ambitious reading targets that are set for them.

All of our classrooms feature bright, stimulating and inviting books corners for children to sit and read in and we regularly invest in high quality texts for the children. In our book corners you will often find children’s recommendations and reviews of their favourite books. We have also recently launched our author focus strategy where we have strategically planned to ensure that by the time children leave us in year 6 they have read many books by significant authors, including Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson, Mick Inkpen and lots more.

Guided reading is a daily occurrence throughout the school and in this time children have further opportunity to engage with high quality texts and show their understanding through a range of responses such as drama, extended writing opportunities and reader’s theatre. We also ensure that throughout their time at school children regularly hear adults reading aloud.

In Foundation Stage we have ‘Stay and Play’ sessions for parents that specifically focus on them reading with their children and we create opportunities where parents who wish to can come in and read a story to their child’s class. We also send home leveled books for children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to ensure that children are reading books with a good level of challenge.

Throughout our school learning is planned in a cross curricular way and we routinely use books as our starting point for a topic. In the past we have planned a whole term’s worth of learning around texts such as; Varjak Paw, Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, Traction Man and lots more. Using a high quality text as a basis for learning really engages the children and helps to develop quality writing as well as stimulating learning in other areas of the curriculum.