In EYFS and KS1, children learn to read using the Phonics Bug scheme. In this, books are matched to the phonemes (sounds) that they are taught in their phonics lessons through the Bug Club Phonics scheme. Each of the reading books the children receive will focus on the consolidation of an individual phoneme that has already been taught in school. Reading books will also be available digitally via the children’s Bug Club Phonics accounts. As the children learn a new phoneme in school, they will have instant digital access to new books which feature the taught phoneme. Each book also contains comprehension activities to complete before, during and after reading to develop their comprehension skills. Once the children have completed Bug Club Phonics they will then move to the Bug Club Independent scheme (usually at the start of Year 3) where the book bands are tailored to year groups:-
- Year 3 – brown book band
- Year 4 – grey book band
- Year 5 – blue book band
- Year 6 – red book band
As a school, we are aiming to develop all aspects of reading and strongly encourage children to complete the additional reading activities which can be found on the cover of the book. Comprehension of text is vital.
Children are encouraged to read texts for enjoyment alongside their reading book.
Children are assessed regularly and guided reading within class ensures that children are receiving appropriate levels of challenge. Children move through the reading scheme until they reach the required standard to become a free-reader, choosing from a wide-range of age-appropriate books to supplement the reading once children have completed the band for that year. In addition to a banded reading book, children are able to select a book to take home from the school library to further promote that love of reading.