Reading: As reading is such an important skill, all children are expected to read daily at home, for five to ten minutes with an adult, and the adult needs to sign the reading record. The teacher or teaching assistant based in your child’s class will then check and sign the reading record once a week. Children should read their school reading book or a Bug Club book and this should be noted in their reading record. Children may also wish to read a library book or a book from home and this can also be recorded but the school reading books should take precedence as they are closely matched to the children’s reading ability. If a child does not read each day or if this is not indicated on the reading record, the teacher may choose to read with that child at break time or lunch time.

Reading with an adult: Children will read to an adult in school once per week. This may be with the teacher in guided reading or with a teaching assistant or volunteer reader. Some children will read more often with an adult but this will depend on their age and reading level. The adult will then stamp the child’s reading record to show that they have been read with. Your child’s reading record and reading book should be in school every day and children are responsible for changing their own reading books. If a child has completed the school reading scheme, we recommend that they read a wide variety of texts of their own choice to ensure they access a rich vocabulary and a range of different genres. If you need help with finding books to extend your child’s reading collection, there is a suggested reading list for each year group on: 

Reading Lottery: The Reading Lottery takes place at the end of each term. A child will be given a reading lottery ticket each week if they have read five times or more in the week. This will be stuck into the reading record or planner. The other ticket will be kept and added to the lottery tickets at the end of the term. The lottery tickets will be drawn in the final assembly for each year group. Winners can choose a book from the selection provided.

Phonics: Children in EYFS and Year One learn phonics each day. At the end of each term, they are assessed and then streamed so that they are learning the correct set of sounds according to their needs. A teacher in the year group will then teach that group until the next assessment. If you need any further information about streaming in phonics, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

On Thursday 1st March Bell Farm celebrated World Book day with an English open morning.  Parents and carers were invited to join assembly, English lessons and to take part in a workshop focusing on vocabulary.  The presentation used in the workshop can be found below.