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Reading Workshop

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This workshop will provide you with information on the reading diet you child will receive at school, the books your child will be coming home with and how you can help at home. If you have any questions please speak to your child's class teacher.


Letters and Sounds Reading Book

These reading books are specific to our phonics programme and every week the children will be issued with a new book. These phonic books will be issued every Friday and every child in the class will be provided with the same book. Each week the new book will contain the sounds the children have learnt in class that week as well as any high frequency words they have been exposed to. These books will provide children with the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of the new sounds as well as practising the key skill of segmenting and blending.


Phase Book

This book will be the children's free choice reading book that they can pick from the class selection. These books are stickered from phase 1 to phase 6. Some of the phases may contain A and B as these phases require more consolidation.  Some of the texts may contain sounds or high frequency words children may not have been exposed to yet. These books are to help promote comprehension skills and the love of reading.


Reading Lessons 

Children have 1:1 reading every week in Early Years. This enables teachers and support assistants to develop children's word reading and comprehension abilities. Children will listen to class texts every day and each class has special books chosen from the library to read and enjoy.


In KS1 children have an even balance of guided and 1:1 reading. The focus of reading in KS1 moves from word reading to comprehension skills. During guided reading sessions children learn to analyse texts, ask and answer questions, how to use non-fiction texts, discuss word meanings and make links between texts already read. During these sessions children will also complete independent reading activities.


Sarisbury Reading Challenge

Every child takes part in the Sarisbury Reading Challenge. A new challenge is set each term. Every time the children read at home or in school they can tick off a square. Once 50 squares have been signed off, the children select a forever book to take home from the treasure chest. 




We are extremely lucky to have a well-stocked library at Sarisbury Infant School. Children in Early Years are able to visit the library throughout the year with their class to select special books to enjoy together. Once children enter KS1, they have library time once a week. During this time, children are able to select a book to take home and learn library skills. Children are encouraged to pick a book of their choice to share at home.   


As a school we subscribe to Hampshire Library Service which allows us to have up to date books in our library, teachers have access to group texts to use in guided reading and enables teachers to be trained at the Hampshire Library Service library.