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Straits Primary School

Straits School, Longfellow Road, Lower Gornal, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 3EE
01384 818575

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Reading is essential for all pupils at Straits Primary school. Reading skills are taught and applied across
the curriculum in creative and inspiring lessons. Our aim is to ensure that all children leave our school with
good literacy skills with a love for reading.

Early reading skills are taught through daily phonics sessions. At Straits we follow the Letters and Sounds
programme and use Jolly phonics actions and pictures to help the younger children develop their understanding of the sounds. Phonics is taught in Foundation and throughout KS1, with some children continuing to develop their phonic skills in KS2. All staff teaching phonics plan engaging and exciting phonic sessions to ensure fantastic progress.

Guided reading sessions provide the children with lots of opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge
and also develop essential reading skills to ensure all children enjoy reading. Guided reading is taught
across school in small groups, using quality texts with an interesting hook to engage the children. All children have a reading journal in which they complete focused tasks around their guided reading session to ensure they are applying the reading skills taught.

The home reading books are from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. The scheme includes a range of Fiction and Non Fiction texts. The stories include a set of familiar characters and the children enjoy reading about their adventures.

Our school library is always busy with children excited to find a book that they are eager to read. The
library has recently been developed and provides a large variety of texts by fantastic authors that ignite
the children's passion for reading. We have a team of dedicated librarians from years 4 and 6. During
lunchtime the librarians hold “Story Time” for Key Stage 1 children to share the library's exciting texts
with our younger readers.

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Straits School, Longfellow Road, Lower Gornal, Dudley, West Midlands, DY3 3EE
01384 818575
01384 818576

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