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At Dovecotes Primary School, we use the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children how to read (Early Years to Key Stage One). We begin by teaching the children to say and recognise the letters that represent the most common sounds and show them how to 'blend' these sounds together to make words.

We check children's progress at least every half term and make sure they are reading texts matched to their reading ability.

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Children take home books to read with parents and family members. These books are carefully chosen to match their reading ability. We encourage parents and families to listen to children read at home as much as possible to encourage and support them in their reading journeys. Children are rewarded for regularly reading at home and are given stickers, prizes and certificates.

Dovecotes Primary School are also signed up to the 'Bug Club'. This online resource (which can be accessed at home) is designed to develop reading comprehension and promote a love of reading. Please feel free to speak to you child's class teacher for more information.

Each classroom has their own reading area where children are encouraged to choose books that they enjoy reading and sharing with their friends.

As our children become more capable readers, they move away from learning to read and begin reading to learn. In Key Stage Two, our children read a variety of text types which are linked to their literacy lessons. Comprehension is taught explicitly through literacy and guided reading lessons. Children are encouraged to discuss what they have read with partners as they answer questions and make predictions about texts.

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