develop language

Enjoying Literacy with your child

Reading

  • Sit somewhere quiet and comfortable.
  • Before you read, look at the cover and the pictures and guess what the story is about.
  • Helpers and children should take turns.
  • Point to the words as you read them.
  • Show where the sentences begin and end.
  • Stop and guess what is going to happen next.
  • Don’t rush them and only help when they are really stuck.
  • Don’t correct every mistake and do praise for getting it right.
  • Encourage them to read different sorts of books – information books as well as story books.
  • Borrow books from the library.
  • Don’t forget the key word lists – these are the everyday words they will need to read

Writing and Spelling

  • Help your child to learn the spellings he/she brings home from school.
  • Make sure they have paper and pencils or a little book to use.
  • Encourage your child to write at home – stories, cards, letters and postcards from holidays.
  • Help children to write in sentences with capital letters and full stops.

Speaking and Listening

  • Listening carefully to instructions you give them.
  • Listening to audio stories- you can get these from the library.
  • Listening to you reading a bedtime story
  • Holding a conversation
  • Speaking clearly

Don’t forget – Reading should be fun!

All pupils read for the first twenty minutes of the day three days a week. We are supported in this initiative by parents, governors and helpers.  All pupils are encouraged to take their reading folders home with their record book. We ask parents to read with their child and add comments in the record book

Key Stage 1

Our aim is to develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read and discussion of vocabulary and understanding.

Pupils read mostly on an individual basis but some are competent enough to read in groups in Year 1 and Year 2.

Schemes used in Key Stage 1

Rigby Star

Oxford Reading Tree

Key Stage 2

Our aim is to develop positive attitudes to reading as well as understanding of what they read so that they are able to read independently. Readers in Key Stage 2 have access to the reading schemes used in KS1 but also have a choice of reading material. Pupils engage in guided reading sessions where the teacher or helper works with the pupils asking them questions about the book using inference and deduction, talking about characters, plot, vocabulary and punctuation. They discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader, in fiction and non- fiction texts.

Books we use to encourage reluctant readers are:

Wolf Hill                           Badger Reading Scheme

Rapid Readers                     Rapid Phonics