Learning For Life
At Market Field School, we believe in developing a reading culture throughout the school by creating welcoming book areas in classrooms and the school library which is filled with a wide variety of books.
The library stock was recently refreshed using school funds from a variety of budgets and with support from the Essex School Library Service. New books are purchased annually, raising the profile of reading through a print rich environment and attractive book displays. Story time sessions and the library club add further value to the concept of 'reading for pleasure'. The mobile library "book bus" visits fortnightly and some classes visit the public library as part of their social enrichment.
Our main reading scheme in the Primary school is the Oxford Reading Tree. Alongside the Oxford Reading Tree and into the senior school, we have integrated a selection of fiction and non fiction 'book banded' texts into the 'stage' boxes. Children are matched to a stage box in accordance with their reading ability and are free to select a book to take home on a daily basis. This is assessed by the class teacher to ensure children are reading within the correct stage box.
We use Letters and Sounds, a synthetic phonics scheme, daily throughout the school up until the end of year 8. Should our young people in years 9-11 still require specialist phonics teaching, this is delivered to them in discrete groups.
Parents are integral in the children's 'reading' journey'. We encourage children to read at home on a daily basis and communication between school and home is recorded in a 'reading diary'.