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.
We would like to welcome you to our book buddy sessions from 9:00 to 9:30am every Thursday morning to share and enjoy reading and books. However, it doesn’t just have to be in this session if you have any spare time during the week and would be willing to offer your help to listen to children read we would love to see you.
Can you complete the reading challenge and reach the giant’s castle at the top of the beanstalk?
All you have to do is READ!! Can you read every day?
This year to reward the children for practising their reading skills at home we will continue to use the new reading system that was introduced in the last academic year and proved very successful.
Once again we are challenging the children read as many times as they can at home and work their way up the leaves on the beanstalk until they reach the giant’s castle at the top of the beanstalk by the end of the school year.
Every child will be given a sticker bookmark which their teacher will keep in the classroom. Every Friday the teacher will collect and check each child’s reading diary and count how many times they have read to someone during the week at home. If they have read 4 or more times during the week at home they will receive a sticker on their bookmark.
In order for us to check how many times your child has read at home during the week we will require your help. Every time your child reads to someone at home just sign (writing mum, dad, nan, etc. is sufficient) and date your child’s reading diary so that we can reward your child when they have read 4 or more times during the week and ensure that they have every home read counted.
Once the children have achieved 4 stickers on their bookmark (for reading 4 or more times during the week for 4 weeks) they will move their name onto the first ‘4 reads’ leaf on the reading challenge display in the unit 1 activity area. They will then receive a prize. The children will then work towards achieving another 8 stickers on their bookmark (for reading 4 or more times during the week for 8 weeks) to move up to the second ’12 reads’ leaf, then again on to the third ’20 reads’ leaf, followed by the fourth ’28 reads’ leaf.
Finally, when the children have achieved their last set of eight stickers on their bookmark they will move up to the final stage:
THE GIANT’S CASTLE - ‘36 READS’.
Once the children have reached these dizzy heights they will receive a book to reward their fantastic achievement and wonderful hard work.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Every member of staff in our team will always do everything they can to help in any way possible. Thank you for your continued support.