Reading is an integral part of the curriculum. Not only do we want children to leave our school being competent and confident readers but we also want them to develop a love of reading.
In each classroom we have a book corner, here children are able to choose books to read either in school or at home. Times will be available for children to enjoy their books in the corner too.
In trying to foster a love of reading, books and poetry will play a key part in engaging the children in their Literacy lessons too.
Guided Reading is part of our daily routine (although Reception start around the Spring Term). Within the classroom, there will be a carousel of activities that are associated with reading. For example, character descriptions, writing a new blurb for their book, writing sentences with new vocabulary, a comprehension task. As well as this, one group will be part of a focused reading session with their class teacher. During this time, they will read a section of a text (fiction, non fiction or poetry) and then spend some time discussing it; this ensures children have a sound comprehension of what they have read.
As much as possible children will also be heard reading on a 1:1 basis. This may be by their class teacher, a Teaching Assistant or one of our volunteer readers.
In Key Stage 1, children will have a Reading Record Book. Adults reading in school will fill in the record when they have read with your child. If you read at home with your child, please complete this record too.
In Key Stage 2, children have a Reading Bookmark. This is to record when they have read at home, there is space for comments if you wish. When they read with an adult in school, we keep a record of it on our Reading Record Cards that are kept in school.
Children should be reading at least three times a week at home. To encourage this, children will be given a proud sticker if their Reading Record Book or Bookmark is filled in 3 times in a week. If your child reads 3 times for a period of 5 weeks, they will receive a small reward.
To support reading at home, here are is a list of questions and strategies to help as well as a suggestion for books:
This website, Love Reading 4 Kids is fantastic if you are looking to find some new books.
Don’t forget the local library too Ellesmere Port Library
Other websites to try:
Oxford Owls – lots of free ebooks and activities
Roy the Zebra – reading games to help with comprehension (KS1)
BBC Bitesize – reading activities for comprehension (KS2)