Here at Beacon View we strongly believe in the importance of building a love of reading from a very early age. The teaching of reading starts as soon as the children join us in Nursery or Reception through high-quality phonics lessons and through the sharing of exciting texts. The children have daily lessons where they are taught how to read and how to understand and enjoy what they have read. The children are also given plenty of opportunities to apply their reading skills in all subjects across the curriculum.
By the time the children leave us in Year 6, we aim for all children to not only be confident and able readers, but to also have developed a love of reading that will last a life time!
Dandelion Launchers is a phonic reading series for beginner readers
Our phonics lessons follow the Letters and Sounds scheme, more information on this scheme can be found by following the link below.
Every day the children bring home high-quality texts from our reading scheme Bug Club. The children also all have their own logins for Bug Club, meaning that they can always access these same high-quality texts online anywhere.
To login they simply go to:
How can you find out more?
If you would like to learn more about how we teach reading, please have a look at our phonics and reading policies to find out more. Remember you can also make an appointment to discuss any area of the curriculum with the Deputy Headteacher, Mrs R Mitchell.
Reading at Home
We hope that you already share books with your children at home and that this is already part of your daily routine. However, if you need help including reading into your busy lives, these top tips for reading from the National ‘Read On, Get On’ campaign might be useful.
Top Tips Document
Because reading is so important to your child’s education, every child is given a new reading record each academic year and asked to read at home at least 3 times a week. This is an expectation of the school and we would greatly appreciate your support with this. The children can of course read more than 3 times a week and they can read any text that is suitable including books from school, books from home, newspapers and magazines, etc. Every child who does read at home at least 3 times a week, is rewarded with a stamp in their reading passport and as soon as they have collected 20 stamps, they win a prize!
So that everyone at school understands and commits to our passion for reading, we do ask all parents, children and staff to sign our ‘Reading Pledge’. This is an agreement between you, your child and us to show just how seriously we take our commitment to reading.