It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).

Opportunities to become a storyteller at Long Furlong:

Nursery
  • Rich book areas and books available throughout the environment
  • Story spine: set of books that children will be exposed to during their time in Nursery
  • Rhyme of the Week
  • Talk for Writing
  • Story-telling resources
  • Phonics
  • Children who enjoy stories
  • Learn and perform a story
  • Learn and perform favourite songs
  • Read a good book
Reception
  • Rich book areas and books available throughout the environment
  • Story spine set of books that children will be exposed to during their time in Reception
  • Rhyme of the Week
  • Talk for Writing
  • Visiting authors (virtual)
  • Story-telling resources
  • Phonics and linked books
  • Children will enjoy stories with opportunities to read on their own, with friends and with adults
  • Children will learn and perform stories (both known and ones they have created)
  • Children will learn and sing new songs (Nativity, rhymes, Nick Cope)
  • All children will read a good book

 

Opportunities to become a wonderful writer at Long Furlong:

Nursery
  • Funky Fingers: activities and games to develop motor skills
  • Mark-making tools available throughout the environment
  • All marks valued
  • Children taught, and provided resources, to make different things such as books, notes, cards
Reception
  • Funky Fingers/Pen disco
  • Mark making tools available throughout the environment
  • All marks valued
  • Children taught, and provided resources, to make different things such as books, notes, cards
  • All children will become authors