Reading at school
At Bocking Church Street Primary School we want our children to become enthusiastic, engaged readers and to develop a life-long love of books. We introduce the children to a range of good quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry books through our whole-class, core-text approach to teaching reading, and during their daily guided reading sessions.
In the early stages of reading, we teach children to decode words using phonic skills as their main approach, alongside which we teach sight vocabulary. Once grasped, the focus for developing reading is on understanding and comprehension.
Reading at home
Developing readers will bring home levelled books (according to their stage of development). Independent readers will bring home self-selected books from the library. Your child should be reading at home for 15 minutes or more each day. Your support is hugely important for developing their reading skills, confidence and understanding. Even if your child is an independent reader, it is still important for you to read with them, listen to them and discuss the books they are reading.
How to help developing readers at home:
- Try to listen to and read with your child regularly, 10 minutes a day is better than a longer session once a week. It can help if a regular time is set aside so that it becomes part of a routine;
- Find a quiet place to share books where you can feel comfortable and relaxed – learning to read needs to be a positive experience; build their confidence by praising their efforts;
- Encourage your child to have a go at reading words, by using phonic skills to read any unfamiliar words and by working on building up their sight vocabulary;
- Talk about the meanings of words to help to develop your child’s understanding and use of language;
- Encourage your child to read a range of texts such as stories, newspapers, comics, labels, poetry, non-fiction, tickets, signs, leaflets etc.;
- Read books to your child as well; if they see you enjoying a book it will encourage and motivate them to want to learn to read;
- Ask them questions about the text to develop their understanding.