Reading at Whaley Thorns
"Leaders have introduced a clear approach to teaching reading across the school. Pupils told me that they enjoy the new approach and that they read more often at school. Leaders have made good use of additional funding to reinvigorate the library and to purchase additional books for pupils to read. Leaders have created inviting areas around the school, where pupils can sit on sofas and read with their friends during their recreation time, if they choose to do so". HMI November 2018
We are always striving to develop reading at school so that the children achieve the best they can and develop a love of books and reading that will continue in the future.
Your child will start off learning to read key words alongside the sound [phoneme] that each letter represents. In addition to this we strive to instill in each child a love of books and of reading. This is done in many ways – by reading regularly to the children and sharing books together, by listening to and watching stories on the computer, by telling stories and by encouraging the children to read for pleasure, either in our school library or classroom book corners.
As your child becomes a more confident and fluent reader we continue to teach them the two key elements to reading – word reading and comprehension.
In the Early Years, we mainly use the Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat Phonics reading scheme.
Our books are all sorted into letter and sounds phases, week by week and are completely decodable until the end of Year 2.
This teaches the children to apply their phonic knowledge to read words, learn ‘tricky’ words that don’t follow obvious reading rules, read quickly and accurately, read aloud and to themselves and to re-read books to build up fluency and confidence.
This teaches children to listen to, discuss and express their views, discuss the sequence of events in a story, recognise recurring language, understand non-fiction as well as fiction books, discuss favourite words and phrases, check that text makes sense and draw on background information, answering and asking questions and making inferences and predictions about what might happen next.
As you are aware, your child reads regularly in school during whole class and guided reading sessions. Your child may also have some extra reading support in school – through reading interventions. This is not anything to worry about and does not mean that your child is struggling or ‘falling behind’ but rather that we have recognised that they are beginning to make progress with their reading skills and want to give them an extra ‘push’ so that they can succeed even further!
At Whaley Thorns Primary School our aim is that all children can read and enjoy books. Please encourage as much reading at home as possible – let your child see you read, read signs and posters on the way to school, share a bed-time story together [and don’t worry if it is the same favourite book for three nights running!], and encourage your child to read to you – little and often is best! If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to see a member of staff, who will be happy to help in any way!