We live in an increasingly digital world and we all know of the pressure our children put us under to be allowed to spend endless hours in screen based activities! We need to make sure that we do not allow this to take away from reading.
We want our children to develop a love of reading, we want them to discover the joy of losing themselves in a book, the worlds of fantasy it can open up and the ability to travel the world and stars without moving from home. If we can do this with your help we are giving our children an amazing gift; they will be well read, informed and able to access learning in written form and digital. We will be giving them the tools they need to succeed in life.
To that end we teach reading from the first day your children enter school. We start with simple picture stories with no words that help children understand that books contain stories and information and how they work. We build on this , through our phonics teaching and guided reading, to reach a point where children can use skills beyond the immediately obvious and make inferences and deductions about the authors intent.
We will run an evening every autumn term to help you to understand how we teach reading which will focus on guided reading approaches, used in class to help teach small groups several times a week, and the home school reading approaches used. We have a range of reading books in school but the majority of reading books used for home school reading are Oxford Reading Tree, Oxford University Press and Project X.
We have just bought a system called accelerated reader which we plan to launch in September 2016. This is an ICT based system which covers a massive range of books which are grouped into levels. This should extend the range of home readers children can access and will link them to online quizzes which see how well children have understand a book. It includes a reward system to help to encourage children to read and allows school to see where mistakes are being made. It also lets parents log in to look at how well they are doing. We will run assemblies for children and information for parents as we launch. At the moment we are re-coding all our books in our KS two library before moving to the KS1 one library. Over the half term we are managing an initial assessment to set children up from September.
How you can help with reading
We need you to help us to teach your children to read. Every piece of research says that when parents support their children's learning at home children do well. By reading with them regularly you are going to help them get good results at the end of secondary school and go onto be able to access better training courses and jobs when they leave school. Well worth the investment now!
For our youngest
- Tell them lots of nursery rhymes and sing all those old nursery songs with them
- Join the library or build your own and have time every night before bed when you read a story together
- Make it fun and a lovely time of each day
- Read whenever you can when you are out and get them to recognise common words
- Get them to read their reading book every day, use the pictures and give them lots of praise
- Practice the phonics and spellings sent home with them
As they get older
- Read to them and with them
- Hear them read as often as you can, every day in KS one and at least three times a week in KS two
- Practice spellings each week
- Model reading to them and say you like it, make sure you all have a novel on the go
- Tell them reading is brilliant