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Supporting Early Reading

At Heath Lane Nursery School we are committed to providing a home library of five high-quality texts for children to ensure that all children who leave Heath Lane have access to texts in their own home. We are passionate about igniting a love of reading in all our children. We know that reading is essential for success in all areas of the curriculum and that children who develop good early reading skills are far more likely to become successful, fluent readers who will succeed in all areas of future learning. Our ambition is for our children to become life-long readers who can access an amazing wealth of literature and have the opportunity to be successful in every phase of education and beyond.

What we do at the nursery to support the development of early reading:

Talk for Writing

All key groups focus on a story across a week (sometimes longer) so that they can fully understand the story. The sessions are carefully planned to ensure that children are introduced to vocabulary they will need to access the story, they hear the story, the discuss the structure and characters then they create a story map that enables them to retell the story. We always share the story the group are using on our daily board and through the MarvellousMe app.

Phonics Sessions

All children take part in phase 1 phonics sessions. These sessions support them in getting ready to tune into sounds at a later stage. The sessions focus on tuning into environmental sounds, distinguishing between different sounds and segmenting the sounds in words.

Staff Training

All staff are trained to seize opportunities to share, read and retell stories with children. They are aware of how to link phonics sessions to the early stages of reading, how to bring stories to life and how to use non-fiction texts and technology (such as iPads/tablets) to demonstrate that books and text can carry information.

What we offer to support parents with home reading opportunities:

Home Library

At points across the year we send home books for children to keep at home. These points are:

  • Prior to starting at Nurseryevery child receives a book that their children to support their transition
  • Autumn termBookTrust book
  • ChristmasSanta visits the school with special books for each child
  • World Book DayEvery child in the Nursery takes part in a day of activities based around themes from the book and receives a copy to take home and keep.
  • Leaver’s book – A book for all children to take with them with a theme to support their transition to their new setting

Each time a book goes home for the child’s home library it will be accompanied with guidance on what you can do at home with the book and a recording of a member of staff sharing the story.

Book Shed

The school provide a book sharing service for the whole family. With books for children, siblings and grown-ups you can borrow a book at any point. The bookshed is situated outside the nursery so can be accessed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!

Story of the Week

You will receive weekly updates on your child’s ‘Story of the Week’ through the MarvellousMe app. This ensures that you know the story they are reading and the new vocabulary they are learning.

Story Sacks

We offer all children the opportunity to take home a story sack once a fortnight. The story sacks are designed to provide you with resources at home to bring a story alive. The sacks contain top tips for parents and carers for using the sacks and supporting story sessions at home.

Zoom Information Presentations (ZIPS)

In the Autumn Term we provide a ZIP on what phase 1 phonics is; what we do to support children in school and suggest activities that you can do at home. This is accompanied by a phase 1 phonics booklet.