Reading forms the base of every single lesson the children undertake whether it be reading passages of fiction texts or information. They may also read on a one to one basis with an adult with a focus on both decoding and comprehension.
We are aware that as parents and guardians of the children in our unit you would like suggestions and advice on what you can do at home to help and support your child’s learning. The most beneficial thing you can do at home to help is to read with your child for 10 minutes every day. This however, does not necessarily have to be their school levelled reading book; it could be an information book, books they have hired from the library, magazines, comics or internet articles. This also doesn’t always have to be your child reading to you. We are very aware that sometimes after a long day at school the children can be very tired and encouraging your child to read may not be as easy as it may seem. At these times you could share the reading or read to your child as they follow the text and then ask questions about what you have read and everyone loves a bedtime story. As well as developing their ability to use phonics to decode words it is also important the children have a clear understanding of the text they are reading. Our ultimate goal is for the children to build their reading skills whilst also fostering a love for reading and books! Please feel free to write what materials they have read (or you have shared) at home in your child’s reading record, we would love to see all the fantastic texts they are reading outside of school
Changing Reading Books:
We do not have specific book changing days as the children complete their reading books at different times therefore the children will have the opportunity to change their book every day. If they need to change their book they just need to let the teacher know, we will also remind them. We encourage them to inform the teacher themselves to develop independence, however, it would be helpful if you could just state in their reading diary if they have read their book as some children are still a little unsure if they need to change it.