Learning to read

Throughout the school, the English curriculum enables children to develop the necessary skills to become successful readers and writers and we place a high emphasis on enjoyment. Alongside the formal teaching of reading, phonics, grammar, spelling and creative writing, we encourage good speaking and listening skills, and allow time for a variety of extended writing exercises.

The curriculum is delivered in a variety of ways such as whole class teaching, paired and group work and independent. We are aware that different children learn in different ways and so try to accommodate all learning styles.

oxford reading treeOur main reading scheme used in school is The Oxford Reading Tree and this is also supplemented by others including Storyworld and Rocket readers.

Daily Letters and sounds sessions take place within the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.  Groups of children are taught using the Dfe Letters & Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics.  We use Jolly Phonic actions to help support each grapheme taught.

Key stage 2 also have daily spelling sessions in order to ensure the spelling requirements of the new national curriculum are fulfilled.

In recent years we have, as a school, focused on improving writing skills, and a range of strategies have been implemented in the classroom to achieve this.

What can I do as a parent to help?

Set aside a regular time to read to your children every day

Studies show that regularly reading out loud to children will produce significant gains in reading comprehension, vocabulary, and the decoding of words.

Surround your children with reading material

Tempt your kids to read by having a large supply of appealing books and magazines at their reading level. Put the reading materials in cars, bathrooms, bedrooms, family rooms, and even by the TV.

Have a family reading time

Establish a daily 15 to 30 minute time when everyone in the family reads together silently. Seeing you read will inspire your children to read. Just 15 minutes of daily practice is sufficient to increase their reading fluency.

Encourage a wide variety of reading activities

Make reading an integral part of your children’s lives. Have them read menus, roadside signs, game directions, weather reports, TV guides, and other practical everyday information.

Develop the library habit

Entice your children to read more by taking them to the library every few weeks to get new reading materials.

Be knowledgeable about your children’s progress

Share your child’s reading targets with them

Use a variety of materials to help your children

To help your children improve their reading, use textbooks, computer programs, audio books, and other materials available.  Always discuss the different activities, stories the children have been experiencing: Discuss characters, setting and plot.

Show enthusiasm for your children’s reading

Your reaction has a great influence on how hard they will try to become good readers. Be sure to give them genuine praise for their efforts.