Reading in EYFS:
We have a structure to the teaching of reading within EYFS. The teaching of early reading begins as soon as the children enter the school in Reception and are introduced to foster a love of books through daily story, rhyme and song time. A wide selection of books are available for the children in Reception and these are grouped into their phonics ability. Children are taught during shared and guided group reading sessions through a sequence of repetitive books, starting off with picture books to aid discussion and understanding of books.
Children in EYFS are taught through 7 key areas, of which Communication and Language, and Literacy are assessed.
Communication and Language:
Listening, Attention and Understanding
• Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
• Anticipate (where appropriate) key events in stories.
• Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role play.
2. Word Reading
Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs.
• Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending.
• Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.
• Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
• Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
• Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.