Reading at home / Phonics
Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.
Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:
- Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.
- Visit the library as often as possible
- Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed. Make sure you record a comment in their reading record.
- Buy dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language - you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
- Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
- Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.
Please see a video from Mrs Green about reading at St Mary's.
St Mary's Expectations
Every child should read with a parent every night. This then needs to be recorded in your child’s reading record. Please remember that books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.
Please watch the video to see how Phonics is taught at St Mary's and see the accompanying documents.
Children in key stage two participate in the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. The AR program is an effective way of giving older children a little more independence in their choice of reading material whilst still enabling us to track and promote reading very effectively here at St Mary's
Please click here for the slides from the recent parents information morning.
For further information about the accelerated reading program click here
But what should my children read?
It is important that children read books they love and books that interest them. However, it is also important that the books they read challenge and support the development of the child's language and ideas. In Key Stage One children are given books according to their reading abilty and in Key Stage Two texts are matched to their accelerated reader level.