Books are chosen to go alongside their project during the term. They have a book of the week that is read during story time in session and each book has chosen focus words - these are exaggerated to the children and the children are taught the meaning of the words. The books can be used in a variety of ways; the practitioner chooses how they are going to explore the book with the children, they sometimes read the words in the book, or look solely at the pictures and look at what can be seen, puppets can also be used to tell the story. A range of songs and nursery rhymes are sung during session times.
The format for reading is similar to Nursery in that every week we have a 'Book of the Week' (this book is chosen as it fits in with our topic/ theme –( Nursery and EY2 pre-plan these books when they plan our project) and they link it to their continuous provision (i.e. - if we do Elmer, we will have Elmer role play, story sequencing cards, puppets etc as part of our enhanced provision). From the chosen book, they discuss key points such as author, illustrator and key vocabulary (like Nursery, Early Years pick a couple and learn to recognise them through sight in addition to looking at their definition). These books are revisited throughout the week, and in the child's independent learning in free-flow.
In the Summer, Early Years focus on fairy tales and traditional tale narratives in order to support the children's writing and preparation for Year 1 expectations – supporting a gained knowledge of narrative features in their writing. Related to the traditional tales, they not only read them, but they become the focus of their 'talk for writing' sessions - where the children create a collaborative story map and act the story (again, focusing on key language, time-narratives, narrative phrases). There are also books in all areas of our provision encouraging all children to be exposed to a selected text that supports all learning. On our facts of the day board, we have a 'guess the nursery rhyme’ picture., nursery rhymes and stories are focussed on in story-time. In guided reading, we focus further develop phonic skills (CVC word reading, rhyming activities, tricky words, phonic reading books etc).
Books selected 2018-19 and current academic year can be requested from school.