Reading at OLSP

Reading is the key to success and therefore takes high priority at our school. 
 
Children learn to love the sound of language before they even notice the existence of printed words on a page. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.
 
Reading and sharing stories can: help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills.... spark your child's imagination and stimulate curiosity. help develop your child's brain, ability to focus, concentration, social skills and communication skills.
 
At OLSP we use the ReadWriteInc phonic scheme, ensuring children are taught by phase, not age.  Once fluent at reading our children access Accelerated Reader to further help them fall in love with reading.  All our classrooms have book corners and we have a well stocked library.  
 
When ready, from Year 1, each child takes home an ‘Accelerated Reader’ linked reading book from an ability banded selection in the library. This supports the children in selecting appropriate texts for their reading level but also enables children, parents and teachers to see how well children understand what they have read as the children take an online, comprehension based quiz upon completing a book. Accelerated Reader helps us to track how much children are reading and supports us in knowing when they are ready to be challenged further. Our children also have the opportunity to borrow books from the library.