Teaching of Reading

Early Years

We love to read in Early Years!

In nursery children are encouraged to use our three reading areas: we have a quiet reading corner in the classroom, a book box full of fictional and non-fictional texts relating to the outdoors in our Early Years’ garden and a library in the cloakroom where children can choose books to take home and share with their families.

We are lucky to have a set of 30 story bags which include all include at least 2 fictional and non-fictional books, toys and activities. Children choose a story bag to take home with them every other Thursday and we ask for their safe return the following Monday.

In reception children take home reading scheme books to share with their families and we ask parents to for their views about their child’s reading and choice of book.

Earlier this Summer we held our first ‘story sharing week’ in nursery which was a huge success. Parents and grandparents came to read their favourite stories to the class and we were so overwhelmed by the response that we are making this a regular event every term throughout Early Years.

In nursery and reception reading takes place every day through whole class activities and small group tasks. We engage in Guided Reading and encourage children to think about their choice of book and talk about some of the important features of fictional and non-fictional texts.

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