Why Read at home?
“Parents make the greatest difference to achievement through supporting their child’s learning in the home rather than supporting activities in school.”
(National Literacy Trust)
Common sense, as well as a wealth of research, tells us that regular reading at home leads to a child improving as a reader faster. However, we appreciate the challenge of juggling family life with home learning! We hope the following information, ideas and links will make it easier.
When to read?
Family life can be frantic and the list of jobs to be done can seem never ending! Often reading with your child is one job that gets pushed aside. But do not despair; reading can be done anytime, anywhere. Below are some ways you can squeeze in some reading time:
- Siblings reading to each other – can they read a younger sibling’s bedtime story?
- Your child can read to anyone – aunt, uncle, friend, neighbour, another pupil etc.
- You can read the road signs to each other, posters or adverts displayed on shop windows.
- Use sub-titles on the TV and turn the sound off (although you may not be very popular!)
- Your child can read the shopping list to you as you shop.
- Your child can read the school letters to you that are sent home.
- Can they read the note you’ve left them on the fridge?
What makes a good reader?
When we asked the children this question we were met with a variety of answers ranging from having the ability to sound out words to being able to read aloud clearly. At Malin Bridge Primary, we want all our children to be fluent, accurate, have a sound understanding so they can learn from what they read but also enjoy reading.
Our Reading Skills Booklet provides a more in-depth breakdown of the progression of skills for our young readers.
How do I help my child to read?
- Read with them little and often.
- Model a good reader – read newspapers, bedtime stories, visit the library, ENJOY READING!
- Prompt children on a range of skills they can use to understand the text: looking for any picture clues, sounding out any unknown words, reading around the sentence to try and find the meaning of a word, predicting what they think will happen.
- Allow them to read books or comics they are interested in.
- Play some reading games with the children. Some suggestions can be found here.
Use this reading prompt bookmarks when reading with your child.
We have held an EYFS Reading Workshop and a KS1 Reading Workshop this year and the presentations and supporting booklets used are available to download below. If you have any questions regarding their content, please speak to your child’s class teacher or Chris Hague: firstname.lastname@example.org
How does school help my child to read?
We want your child to read any text, understand any text and interpret any text. We want your child to not just be able to read but to have the skills to learn from what they read. We use some key characters to support your child with some of these key skills. They are called the RCI Squad! These characters have been designed in consultation with the school council and each one represents a different skill in being able to understand and unpick a text and each skill does get progressively harder.
We also want to inspire children into a world of life long reading and as a result we promote reading in various ways. Some of the ways we do this are by celebrating World Book Day, hosting book fairs, having a ‘Secret Storyteller’, establishing links with the local library, paired reading classes, subscribing to the children’s newspaper, First News and purchasing a reading scheme (Bug Club) that allows children to access eBooks online. In addition, we also use the Phonics Bug phonics and reading scheme and Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme.
Bug Club Reading Scheme
Every child has their own Bug Club log in details which allows them to access a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books set by their teacher. Questions offer additional challenge and aim to assess children’s level of understanding. The benefits of this scheme mean that children can immediately access the next book when they have finished one and are able to receive virtual rewards for each book they have read. Children can also take home books from school as well as making use of Bug Club.
What should my child read?
The National Literacy Trust provides recommended booklists for various ages on their website, please take a look!
How can I use TV and film to improve my child’s inference and deduction skills?
Often during our reading lessons, we use video to practise the harder reading skills of inference and deduction. This works well as it allows all children to develop their level of understanding without having the barrier of reading. Below are some examples that you could use with your child. You could also make up your own questions to go with your child’s favourite film.
Gopher Broke film (KS1)
For questions related to Gopher Broke click here.
Pixar film – Lifted (KS2)
For questions related to Lifted click here.
World Book Day 2017
World Book Day 2017 was brilliant! We had parents/carers visit throughout the week as ‘Secret Storytellers’; lots of families entered our competition (see video below); and, we all dressed up as our favourite book characters and took part in book-themed activities on World Book Day.