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At Romiley we believe that promoting a love of reading is intrinsic to a child’s education, development and happiness.  We work with all children to ensure that this begins with the youngest members of our school community and continues throughout their time in school. As soon as a child joins Romiley, they are introduced to a literacy rich environment that ensures that we:

  • Foster a love of reading and sharing stories, poems and rhymes to develop vocabulary and comprehension.
  • Develop children's Communication and Language skills to ensure they can listen, attend and understand language.
  • Ensure children are taught early phonics skills through our systematic, synthetic phonics programme.
  • Create opportunities for children to read and reread books that match the phonics stage taught.
  • Provide opportunities within child Initiated, adult initiated and adult directed activities for the children to apply and rehearse early phonics and reading skills in a range of contexts.
  • Effectively use assessment to quickly pick up children falling behind and give targeted support.
  • To offer challenge to the children who are applying and using phonics skills early on in their school journey to ensure we nurture and continue to move children forward to achieve.

Early Reading and Phonics
Early reading and phonics skills are nurtured and developed across the continuous provision, giving children the opportunity to apply their skills in a range of play-based activities and meaningful contexts.  Adults are highly skilled in providing guidance, support and challenge to children as they practice and consolidate these early reading skills. Alongside the continuous provision, the following sessions are planned to ensure children develop strong Communication & Language, Phonics, reading and writing skills, during their time across EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2.

  • Children in Nursery will complete Pre-Phonic skills in school daily, focusing on developing strong communication, language, listening and attention skills in a range of contexts.
  • Children in Reception and Year One will complete daily a phonics session in school, following our Synthetic and systematic phonics programme: Monster Phonics.
  • Children in EYFS and Year one will enjoy an end of day story to develop and foster their love for reading. 
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