Reading in EYFS/KS1
At St. Andrew’s, EYFS children are invited to choose a book to take home to share with their families, this is intended to help foster the love and importance of reading from the outset of school life. From Reception onwards we then also use a colour banding scheme which includes a range of fiction and non-fictions texts by a wide range of authors. The scheme, primarily located in the EYFS and KS1 area, is used to develop fluent, confident readers who comprehend the texts that they explore. This scheme allows for children to initially explore books by using pictures to talk about settings and characters. Progression from this stage allows the children the opportunities to apply their learning of phonics to books within the reading scheme. As the children work through the scheme, they will read a range of texts including poetry, play scripts, stories set in different cultures or times and non-fictional texts such as information books or newspapers.
Children will progress through the colour stages depending on their reading ages and abilities.
All pupils are expected to complete home reading supported by their family with new books being sent home at least once a week. In our weekly planners, parents and carers are asked to initial each day their child reads at home.