At Purlwell, being an infant and nursery school, we are committed to instilling an enjoyment and enthusiasm for books, with a view to children developing a life-long love of reading. We recognise the role we have in laying the foundations for children learning to read, so that children can independently use reading in their everyday lives as a tool for deepening their knowledge across the curriculum and beyond.
We place a strong emphasis on teaching children how to read words through learning how to link letters and sounds, recognising common irregular words and using syntax and context. Alongside this we encourage children to interact with books and interpret meaning whenever we read to or with them. Learning takes place through whole class, small group and 1:1 activities.
Reading is taught across the curriculum, through guided and shared reading, using a range of reading schemes. These include fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. We also have a wide selection of phonics readers to support the teaching and learning of phonics. For further information see our 'How we teach reading' and 'How we teach phonics' pages.