Reading

 

The school follows the National Curriculum for Literacy - Reading & Writing. When writing we teach a range of genres which is explained in this curriculum map. Below you will find some information about how you can help your child with Reading.

 

SUPPORTING YOUR CHILD WITH READING:

Reading is one of the most important skills your child needs. Once they have learned to read, they can learn for themselves.

There are 3 main stages of learning to read:

Learning about Reading

Learning to read (decode) the words accurately.

Learning to read for meaning.

 

LEARNING ABOUT READING

When your child is born they are learning everything from you, their families. Would your child see you read at home? What would they see you read?

Some parents start sharing books with their child from the day they are born. These books are often made of fabric or plastic. Children learn how to hold a book, how to turn the pages and that a book/story has a sequence to it. They also learn to use the pictures to help them understand what is happening.

LEARNING TO READ - HOMEWORK

At this stage you may be given some words on flash cards. We would like you to practise them with your child. Your child needs to be able to say the word without hesitation to develop a sight vocabulary.

If your child reaches a difficult word you have 2 choices. You can tell them the word, or you can ask them to 'Look at the letters, make the sounds and blend them together'. This is exactly what teachers say when reading with your child at school.

We will not ask you to teach your child 'sounds' or phonemes. This will be taught daily at school. If you have any questions about this please talk to us.

READING TO LEARN

Once your child has reached Gold / Silver bands, your child should be reading quite fluently. Now is the time to really help your child learn from what they read, the best way to do this is to ask questions. Use the 5 W's to help you:

Who....?

What...?

Where....?

When...?

The hardest question to ask is Why....?

CHOOSE THE RIGHT BOOK:

 

1.Choose a book that you think your child will enjoy.

2.Read the second page together.

3.Count each word your child is not sure of, or doesn't know.

4.If there is more than 1 word per sentence that your child does not know, then you should choose an easier book. This will help to ensure they are learning from their reading as well as meeting some new words.

 

SCHOOL READING SCHEME

The schools uses 'Reading Recovery' levels and PM Books as the core of our reading scheme. Your child will have one to take home at their level through this stage. Each stage of the reading scheme has a coloured band. Please listen to your child read every day during this stage. 

  

 

Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 1

Year 1

Year 2

Year 2

Year 2

Year 3

Band

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Colour

Pink

Red

Yellow

Blue

Green

Orange

Turquoise

Purple

Gold

Silver

 

Year3

 

Year 4

   

Year 5

   

Year 6

   

11

12

13

Free Reader

Emerald

Ruby

Sapphire