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Reading is one of the skills that children learn to enable them to access the curriculum and the wider world!

At Ongar Place, we promote and encourage a lifelong love of reading by developing an interest in and a love of books, encouraging children to become attentive listeners and independent and reflective readers.

The structured teaching of phonics provides a firm foundation on which to build reading skills.  In Foundation Stage we use the Read Write Inc. scheme of phonics learning.  This is continued in Year 1 and 2 and enhanced with the use of Letters and Sounds. The use of a variety of teaching strategies aims to enhance a child’s motivation and involvement in reading. During shared reading sessions, the teacher models the reading process to the whole class as an expert reader, providing a high level of support. Daily guided reading sessions provide a forum for children to demonstrate what they have learned about reading in small groups. The teacher then has a focus for teaching new skills.

Classrooms have well stocked and attractive book areas providing both a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, reflecting cultures and gender. The children have the opportunity to choose and borrow books from the school library to develop their enjoyment of reading.