We hope you find this information useful whilst working together to support reading.
Our school reading motto is ‘We love learning to read’ so that we can provide our imagination with wings. We use picture books, novels and factual texts to engage and stimulate our learning, ensuring children enjoy high quality writing that elevates their knowledge and understanding. Children are encouraged to read widely both in and outside school and we are proud of the texts we have in classrooms and our excellent school library that is the heart of our school.
We have invested in our school library so we have a range of exciting and challenging books for the children to enjoy! Every class has the opportunity to visit the school library to select a book of their choice – this usually happens on a fortnightly cycle. This book can be taken home as well as being read in school. We keep a log of books that have been issued so we can ensure they are returned. Towards the end of a term you may receive a reminder about any outstanding books that need to be returned.
Reading in school – Reception
Your child starts their reading journey in Nursery. We place a huge emphasis upon ensuring our children form a love of books and reading. This happens in the classroom through reading and sharing stories with the children, as well as children being given free choice to read books in the reading corner and in the outdoor area.
The children will share their individual reading books with a teacher and teaching assistant throughout the week so we ensure every child is heard read on a daily basis. This reading experience will involve talking about the pictures, characters and events. They will learn new rhymes, poems and listen to a new story every day.
Children in reception are expected to read x5 per week at home and in school. While your child is beginning to learn to read we will give you daily feedback so you can expect an adult to write a comment based upon the strengths and areas of improvement. Your child will also be given flashcards. This will help with their memory of high frequency words and should increase their speed and accuracy. You should try to practise this with them every night for no longer than 5 minutes.
Reading in school- Year 1 and 2
Having developed a firm foundation of reading skills during reception the children are given a broader experience of reading opportunities. While reading with a teacher and teaching assistant this may include:
- A guided group discussion
- Performance poetry
The books that they are given in class to bring home are guided reading books and should be read most nights for 5-10 minutes.
Children in Key Stage One are expected to read x5 per week at home and in school. The teacher will write a comment in the reading record to inform you of your child’s progress that day. They may ask them to do a small task, spot the tricky words, records 3 facts etc. When reading the book with them, try to discuss what is happening, ask them questions, compare it to real life.
Reading in school - Key Stage Two
In Key Stage 2 the children will read in most lessons during the day. This will include daily reading sessions every morning. The main aspect that we are trying to focus on this year is building upon our vocabulary. These words, which are referred to as tier 2 words, are the words that the children need to understand to progress in their understanding.
The children will enjoy:
- Listening to and reading texts and extracts in their daily English lessons
- Listening to and reading a class story
- Daily guided groups sessions with either the class teacher or teaching assistant
- Visiting the library and reading books of their choice
- Using information books to research their topics
- Having independent reading time to choose a book of their choice from the class book shelf.
We expect all children to read every night. It is important that the children read a variety of books, ie: fiction, non-fiction and poetry and choose those that are age appropriate. The class teacher will check their reading records every morning. The children are expected to write a comment in the record to ask the teacher a question, to review a chapter or to record new words. This is also a tool to keep a running dialogue between us and the children and you as parents too.