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Reading

How many have you read?

How We Teach Reading

On this page you will find information about the approach taken at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School to teach Reading:

 

Reading is taught at St Patrick’s in the following ways:

Group reading

Similar to guided reading, but children take it in turns to read aloud from the same book whilst the teacher listens and supports.

Guided reading

About 6 children, grouped by reading ability, read aloud from the same book at the same time whilst the teacher listens in and draws out teaching points. The level of this text is more challenging to enable direct teaching opportunities.

Individual reading

Reading 1:1 or alone as it suggests.

Quiet reading

Children read by themselves for a short time.

Shared reading

A teacher reads and discusses a text with the whole class, demonstrating how to be a good reader.

Story time

The teacher reads aloud to the whole class.

 

In addition to class based reading, children can also develop their enjoyment for reading throughout school. They have the opportunity to access the school library to choose from a wider range of books and on a termly basis parents are invited into school to share in reading opportunities with their child.

Parent workshops run in Foundation Stage and Year 1 to support parents understanding of their child’s development of reading and writing. See the below information about Reading at Home.

Above all, St Patrick’s strive to give children a well-rounded education in reading that enables children to be lifelong learners.

 

A fantastic resource for parents which breaks down reading into age bands, explains all the terminology and provides on line books for reading is Oxford Owl. We would highly recommend the site for further information. Click here to be taken to their homepage.

 

For more ideas, tips and activities on reading visit www.wordsforlife.org.uk

 

Read at Home/Take Home

 

Reading books are sent home from school for your child to read to you.

These may be from a reading series so your child can practise early reading skills or from the library so you can share and discuss. Books which are sent home are to celebrate achievement and for your child to see themselves as a successful reader, as books that are too difficult will not accelerate reading progress – in fact these may turn emergent readers into reluctant readers. We ask that parents sign their child’s reading record before your child changes their reading book and sometimes children are asked to re-read books to ensure fluency and understanding.

 

A common problem- children appear to read the book easily, but all they have done is decoded the words.

 

Comprehension is absolutely key.

Even if your son or daughter can ‘decode’ the words on a page and read them out loud, it doesn’t mean they’ll truly take in what’s going on. If they don’t understand the story, then they will struggle to enjoy reading and as the text becomes longer and more difficult as their word attack skills improve they won’t have embedded the early skills of comprehension so reading will not be for meaning.

 

To help with this, make sure you don’t just listen to your child read – ask them some questions about the book too and make observations yourself. Make up your own versions of what could happen next in a story you are sharing. Talk about what the author decided. What else could have happened? What did you notice about..?

Some of the school reading scheme books have comprehension questions inside the front and back cover.

 

If your child appears very unenthusiastic about reading – how can you get them interested in books?

 

According to Julie Bowtell, it’s about engendering a love of books and stories.

Parents could aim to provide bedtime stories, have story CDs in the car, DVDs of classic tales, to make regular visits to the local library.

 

Supporting Your Child At Home

There are many ways that you can help to support your child's learning in English at home and our teachers are always happy to support you. Below are some key ideas and starting points to help support your child's reading.

Read oftenread independently and read together. THIS MAKES AN ENORMOUS DIFFERENCE! 

Here are some great reasons to read:

 

  • Sitting down with a book provides children with a time for quiet and calmness in their lives
  • Stories stimulate  imagination and play
  • It provides parents with more opportunities to bond with their children
  • Stories provoke curiosity and discussion
  • Books provides inspiration, thought and reflection
  • Picture books help readers to develop an appreciation for art and writing
  • Reading a variety of books exposes children to a wide range of language features and vocabulary
  • Listening to stories assists in the development of  literacy skills and language development
  • Books and stories fill a child’s mind with knowledge and new words
  • Reading is FUN!

 

Questions

Reading together provides a great opportunity to check your child's understanding about what they have read.

Question ideas:

'Who wore the football shirt to the party?'     'What was the name of the girl's cat?' & ' Using the information, what is the height of mount Kilimanjaro?'

More challenging inference and deduction questions:

'How did the detective know which house to visit?'   'What clues are there that the character doesn't like his swimming teacher?'   'How do you know that the bus journey was faster than usual?'  & 'Which word in the text is similar in meaning to scary?'

Recommended texts (KS2)

Below are the texts that your children will read in Key Stage 2.

Texts (Key Stage 1 and Early Years)

Please use this link https://images.scholastic.co.uk/assets/a/9f/bc/pie-corbett-with-page-no-1393983.pdf to see examples of texts that are suitable for Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1 as well as some of the main texts that are used in Key Stage2.

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