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Ocker Hill Infant School

Gospel Oak Road, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 0DS


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When some children are learning to read, they catch on so quickly that it appears effortless. It does not seem to matter what reading curriculum or teachers they encounter, for they arrive at school already possessing the important foundational skills. For other children, though, the path to literacy is far more difficult and by no means assured. It matters very much what curriculum their schools use and who their first teachers are.


So what does reading look like at Ocker Hill?


It is seen in a variety of ways; from phonics to reading for pleasure to guided reading in classrooms. Each classroom has a reading area; engaging for all children to explore and investigate a variety of skills and books. 


School has a library that is accessed regularly for all children in particular Key Stage one and also Reading for pleasure offers an exciting time for children to read for pleasure without the constraints and pressures of assessment and progression. All children enjoy DEAR - Drop Everything And Read sessions which allows all staff and children to be engaged in a text of their choice.

Staff at Ocker Hill strive to instill a 'Love of Reading' by delivering and engaging in a variety of ways.


Reading is succeeding - Parent information evening - reading is succeeding OHI parent workshop.pdf


Home Reading Rewards

At Ocker Hill we value the love of reading and children are encouraged to read and share a story with family members. The rewards for reading at home are as follows:


  • Every time your child reads with you/you read to them/complete a reading activity you can complete a box in their home reading record.
  • 25 books read = Certificate
  • 50 books read = Bookmark and certificate
  • 100 books read = Story with Head or Deputy and certificate
  • 125 books read = Book and certificate
  • 150 books read = Attend Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with Head and Deputy and certificate



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Support Videos for reading - sharing a story with your child. Spot the difference activities - Follow the repeating pattern - creating a rhyming string. All these aspects help you support you child's reading and Early reading activities.

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