Children in Reception work within the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework towards their Early Learning Goals. The children experience activities to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through seven areas of learning, including Communication and Language and Literacy. The Communication and Language element encourages children to listen, respond and engage in activities with others and to express themselves effectively. Literacy encompasses reading and writing using their phonic knowledge.
Our home reading scheme for the Reception and Key Stage 1 children is ‘Bug Club Phonics’. Part of the Bug Club family, Bug Club Phonics is one of the DfE’s approved phonics teaching programmes and aims to help all children learn to read by the age of six in a fun and accessible way. Following its own proven progression, the whole school programme matches the National Curriculum and Early Learning Goals. We also use Floppy's Phonics for group (Guided) reading with the teachers, which is also a DfE approved scheme. These books progress from books with no words to higher level challenging books.
Phonics sets In the early stages of learning to read, children use phonics to decode words. Often, children may struggle with particular sounds (phonemes) and need to practise reading words containing this phoneme. We also use phonics sets to organise our books so that teachers can target particular sounds to help children to progress. Occasionally, your child may bring home a book from a different book band in order to practise a particular phoneme.
Children experience a range of text genres aimed at broadening their knowledge of text types and engaging them in literature. We use a variety of reading approaches such as whole class reading, guided reading and individual reading.
Colour banding is one way that books are organised - children move through the book bands which are progressive in the number of words, size of font and the complexity of language. In KS2, the Bug Club books continue to the level of fully proficient readers in Year 6. The modern and engaging titles, bright colours and photographs mean that children are desperate to read at home! There is a range of fiction, non-fiction, comics and plays to encourage a love of reading.
The table shows the order of the book banding system. Not all children will move through the book bands at the same rate but the table shows our expectations for each year group.