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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.

The library is well stocked and appropriate books are indexed in line with Accelerated Reader. Regular quizzes, targets and rewards encourage readers and inform teachers. Classrooms have attractive book areas providing both a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, reflecting cultures and gender.