Love of storytelling
Reading for pleasure is a vitally important skill to develop in our children. Books and reading can sometimes be challenging to access and so we need to instil a motivation and a love of stories to promote engagement. We do this through using special interests, modelling engagement in reading and using a variety of multi-sensory and multi-modal approaches to storytelling. This includes sensory stories, box books, filmed stories on our website and audiobooks.
Both our sites have engaging book spaces including book nooks and access to libraries, to encourage children to select their own books and make choices around reading. Classes have book nooks that are adapted to suit the needs of their children. These are safe spaces to explore a range of texts. Texts on offer here reflect our commitment to diverse story-telling and also offer non-fiction texts and poetry/rhyme. Stories in class will be shared in a range of ways, including sensory stories, songs and rhymes and interactive experiences. Stories may be shared as a class, small group or on a 1:1 basis.
For more information on our development of reading skills please see our Approaches to Reading document.
At Oakwood, we use the Word Aware approach to widen the vocabulary of our children in a targeted and context driven way. Class teams select key words each half term to work on that are relevant to their group. These words might be functional or topic linked. These words will then form a key focus for the class through a variety of fun and engaging strategies.