At Overchurch Infant School we value reading as it is a core activity in all aspects of learning and we promote a love of books. Every classroom contains a cosy reading area and book box where the children are encouraged to explore and handle a range of books.
Stories and information books are shared daily with children and books are used to enhance areas of learning both indoors and out. As a whole school, we enjoy celebrating reading by participating in fun events for ‘World Book Day’ as well as encouraging different year groups to work together and share their favourite stories.
Reading is taught by following the synthetic phonics program ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children receive daily phonics teaching that is differentiated to ensure all children progress. Alongside this, children complete a weekly ‘Group Read’ with an adult and engage in shared reading opportunities. Children also take home a ‘phonetically decodable’ ‘home reader’ on a weekly basis.