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Belton All Saints
Church of England Primary

Reading

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A love of reading makes a big difference in children’s achievement both now and into the future. At our school we really want to encourage a love of reading in all children.  There is such a large variety of things children can enjoy reading including books, magazines, comics, newspapers, maps. Encouraging children to practise reading daily is important in developing their fluency, pace and resilience as well as increasing their understanding of language and enriching their vocabulary. 

We aim to cultivate this love of reading through providing positive reading experiences such as celebrating World Book or author days, sharing reading across the school, opportunities to meet authors, reading competitions as well as providing quality texts to stimulate and enguage readers of all ages.

 

 

Pupils sharing books on World Book Day

  • How do we teach reading at Belton All Saints School?

    Children are initially taught reading skills through a daily programme of phonics, work to memorise key words and reading a range of high quality books to develop an interest in stories and non-fiction texts. The school uses a colour coded reading scheme which includes books from Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby and Ginn. In addition to this all children have regular access to the school’s well stocked library.

    As well as good decoding skills, good readers need to be able to ask questions to check their own understanding. From Year 1 onwards, children are taught individually, in small groups (guided reading) and as a class to develop these comprehensions skills.

    From Year 1 up to Year 6 the children take part in a variety of reading activities including guided reading, individual reading and sharing class novels. Throughout the year a variety of reading challenges are set using both paper and digital books eg Read for my School, Summer challenge through North Lincolnshire Libraries

     Guided Reading

    Reading is not just about decoding words on a page to read aloud but also understanding what they are reading.  Children need to learn how to retrieve information, deduce and infer things about a text they are reading.  They need to learn to use intonation in their voice, read the punctuation and understand it’s use and also make decisions about books/texts using what they know about it.  In guided reading sessions we teach the children how to ask questions about a book, think about the author's views and encourage the children to be able to create their own views based on information from the text.  Children are also encouraged to look at the meaning of words in context and the way in which authors engage the reader. These daily sessions give teachers the opportunity to work closely with the children developing these core reading skills.

  • How can I help my child at home?

    Parents and carers play a key role in helping their child read. If children read at home, they are more likely to be successful learners at school. At Belton, we encourage children to read every day at home and expect reading journals to be checked and signed by a parent/carer.

      Early Years/Key Stage 1

     Ensure that you set aside a quiet time every night to spend time looking at your children’s books.

     Make reading a very positive and enjoyable experience through lots of praise.

     Children begin to read using their phonics knowledge which means that they will use sounds rather than say the letter name. 

    Talk about the books that you have read. Being a good reader is more about understanding what you have read than being able to just being able to read the words.

    Look at the pictures and discuss what is happening, do they like a character, what might happen next, what was their favourite part?

     The most important thing you can do is to talk to your child and listen to them when they are talking to you. Try to extend their vocabulary range and their skill at talking in increasingly more complex sentences. For example, try to teach them alternative words for ideas, or nouns they already know.

    Key Stage 2

     Your child may now be a fluent reader and prefer to do some of their reading independently, however it is still important that they are encouraged to discuss what they have read.

     You can help keep your child’s comprehension skills up to speed by asking lots of where / how / what / when questions about facts in the book. Children also need to develop their inference and deduction skills - these can be developed through the use of questioning E.g. How do you think this character is feeling? What might happen next?

     Give your child plenty of praise for demonstrating dedication to reading and answering comprehension questions.

     

    There are many websites available for parents giving resources or ideas for helping your child read at home these include Oxford Owls