Bushfield Road Infant School


COVID-19 Response

Supporting Reading at Home


Rather than following one reading scheme, our children have access to a wide range of reading scheme books including Ginn, Oxford Reading Tree, New Way and many others. We strongly believe that children should have access to as many different books as possible to improve their reading skills and develop a genuine love of reading.

The teaching of reading encourages pupils to:

  • Read for enjoyment and recognise its purpose.
  • Read a wide range of books fluently, with understanding and good expression.
  • Read, evaluate and respond to a range of texts, including literature from other cultures and traditions.
  • Develop information retrieval skills, including ICT, dictionaries, atlases and reference books.

At Bushfield Infants we are fortunate to have a well-resourced library, and a range of big books and guided readers which the teaching staff use in their literacy teaching. Each term teachers also borrow topic and literacy loans from the School Library Service linked to the year group themes. Each week opportunities are planned for shared reading, guided reading and independent reading.

(Please see Communication, Language and Literacy Policy for further details.)

Why is reading so important ?

“Research has shown that children who hear stories before going to school are most likely to succeed. Story telling helps children internalise language patterns, as well as providing them with a rucksack of imaginative possibilities to draw upon when creating. It is worth noting that the most proficient writers in the class are readers.”

Pie Cobett
Taken from www.earlyreadingconnects.org.uk

Download a parents guide to supporting reading at home here >>