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Muriel Green Nursery School

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Early Reading

Supporting Early Reading

At Muriel Green we are passionate about igniting a love of reading in all our children from the moment they join. We know that reading is essential for success in all areas of the curriculum and that children who develop good early reading skills are far more likely to become successful, fluent readers who will succeed in all areas of future learning. Our ambition is for our children to become life-long readers who can access a wealth of literature and have the opportunity to be successful in later life. 


What we do to support the development of Early Reading:


Talk for Writing

All key groups across each room focus on a story across a week (sometimes longer) so that they can fully understand the story. The sessions are carefully planned to ensure that children are introduced to vocabulary they will need to access the story, they hear the story, the discuss the structure and characters then they create a story map that enables them to retell the story. 

The story your child will be learning will be shared on Tapestry the Friday before to allow you time, if you choose, to read and explore the story together.


Each week the staff follow a routine in teaching the children about the book of the week. 


Phonics Sessions

All children across the setting take part in phase 1 phonics sessions. These sessions develop the children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for using letter sounds to blend and segment. The sessions focus on tuning into environmental sounds, distinguishing between different sounds and segmenting the sounds in words.

When children are developmentally ready we begin teaching children letter sounds (phonemes) and shapes (graphemes) using 'Floppy Phonics'. 


Muriel Green have chosen to follow Oxford Reading Tree (ORT), Floppy Phonics programme. The ORT Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters systematic synthetic phonics programme provides the structure and resources needed to deliver really effective synthetic phonics teaching for all children – as well as enriching their vocabulary and language comprehension.


The resources include hundreds of fabulous full-colour illustrations with masses of potential to develop language comprehension skills – essential for young learners and learners who not only need to learn how to read, spell and write in English but who are also learning to speak the English language as a new language!

The Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters programme teaches the letter/s-sound correspondences of the English alphabetic code explicitly and comprehensively for reading, spelling and handwriting:

  • Systematic and structured with inbuilt rigorous revision to ensure the success of every child

  • Includes the characters of Floppy the dog, Biff, Chip and Kipper and their family and friends, with hundreds of colour pictures to engage children fully for the phonics teaching & learning, vocabulary enrichment and language comprehension

  • Rigorous teaching sequence ensuring the phonics teaching & learning is straightforward, effective and allows for differentiation in simple, but effective, ways

  • Builds up knowledge of spelling word banks over time where words are spelt with the same letter/s-sound correspondences

  • Designed to inform parents/carers routinely and to work in partnership with them wherever possible

  • The order of introducing the 44 sounds of the English language matches the order in ‘Letters and Sounds’ (DfES, 2007)

Staff Training

All staff are trained to seize opportunities to share, read and retell stories with children as part of the daily routine, indoors and outdoors. They are aware of how to link phonics sessions to the early stages of reading, how to bring stories to life and how to use non-fiction texts and technology (such as iPads/tablets) to demonstrate that books and text can carry information.

What we offer to support parents with home reading opportunities:


Story of the Week

You will receive weekly updates on your child’s ‘Story of the Week’ through Tapestry. This ensures that you know the story they are reading and the new vocabulary they are learning.


Story Sacks

We offer all children the opportunity to take home a story sack. The story sacks are designed to provide you with resources at home to bring a story alive. The sacks contain top tips for parents and carers for using the sacks and supporting story sessions at home.


Parent Information Workshops

Throughout the year we offer a variety of Parent Workshops to support reading at home. This includes a phonics workshop, the writing journey and also modelling of Story Mapping with the children.

This are available on our website for you to access.