In Foundation Stage, we strive to foster a love of books, instilling a lifelong love of reading. Everyday, we share stories during our snack time and at the end of the school day. We also give careful thought to the texts that we select and share with the children throughout our topics. Through these texts, children develop and practice their oral storytelling skills and language, predictions and recall as well as joining in with texts that contain repetition, rhyme and rhythm.
Early Years provides the building blocks to the foundations of reading. It is the initial stage of providing children with the knowledge and skills to be able to decode words accurately as well as developing their understanding of texts. The children are taught to read through systematic phonics sessions following the Letters and Sounds scheme.
In addition to this, teachers model how to be successful readers by tracking the text left to right, top to bottom and ways in which to decode new and unfamiliar words through whole class reading sessions. These sessions also focus on the development of comprehension skills.