At Nunney First School we recognise the importance of learning to read.
The teaching of phonics and spelling takes place daily through the whole school. We currently use the Department of Education’s Letters and Sounds scheme to aid our teaching of phonics. To encourage reading for all levels we use a variety of resources, including Storyworld, the Oxford Reading Tree and the Collins Big Cat series.
We have subscribed to an online reading scheme called ‘Bug Club’ which can be accessed by the children at home and in school. Each child is given a unique username and login to enable them to access the Bug Club on the internet at home. Bug Club has a personalised website for each child containing a finely levelled reading scheme, which ensures that all children can find books that are exactly the right level for them. The books include comprehension questions and audio features. The children can then enjoy rewards such as games and collecting online stickers.
This online scheme complements our selection of graded readers which we send home regularly in the book bags. We use the Bug Club in guided reading, individual reading sessions and through a special Bug Club Reading club in school. The Club was introduced in December 2014 and the children are already making excellent progress in their reading.
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There is a Key Stage 2 reading club at lunchtime every Friday; and Key Stage 1 readers have their own club at lunchtime on Tuesdays.
This reading challenge is to encourage children to read regularly at home and in school. Each child needs to undertake ten reading tasks with an adult (at home or in school) in order to achieve a bookmark. The child then works through a total of 70 reading tasks, acquiring all seven of the ‘rainbow colours’ bookmarks and becomes a ‘Reading Ambassador’ receiving a special certificate and badge.