Reading at school
At Foxfield we want our children to become enthusiastic, engaged readers and to develop a life-long love of books. We introduce the children to a range of good quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry books through our whole-class, core-text approach to teaching reading, and during their weekly guided reading session.
In the early stages of reading, we teach children to decode words using phonic skills as their main approach, alongside which we teach sight vocabulary. Once grasped, the focus for developing reading is on understanding and comprehension. Your child will read with their class teacher once a week during their guided reading session, then independently supported by teacher set activities during the rest of the week.
In years 1 and 2, reading is taught through a programme called Daily Supported Reader. During this reading session, every single child reads with an adult every day, working on their reading fluency and stamina in a small group (6). These short, regular sessions ensure that all children are able to practice reading and ultimately lead to every child being a reader by the end of key stage 1.
In key stage 2, reading is taught through Whole Class Reading, where a different learning behaviour and reading strategy is the focus of the week. The learning behaviours are: active listening, discussing and explaining ideas and taking responsibility. These behaviours enable the children to actively participate and support their peers, evaluate and make inferences through discussion and to cohesively summarise key points of the texts they are reading. The different reading strategies are: predicting, inferring, asking questions, making connections, evaluating, clarifying and summarising. Each strategy has its own set of sentence stems that the teachers models during a ‘think aloud’, which encourage pupils to effectively practice that skill. These skills could be used with your child at home, while you are listening to them read.
During the whole class reading sessions, pupils will be developing their reading stamina as well as practising the skills of reading. Through a wide range of carefully selected texts, children are exposed to a broad spectrum of genres and text types. Our core text approach in English also ensures that the children are reading and studying texts that they are able to deeply connect with and that support their global learning themes, in order to make connections between their global learning and writing for a purpose.
Reading at home
Developing readers will bring home levelled books (according to their stage of development), and a picture book each week. Independent readers will bring home a self-selected book from their class reading corner. Please encourage your child to change their book regularly so they can read each evening; speak to the class teacher if this is not happening.
Your child should be reading at home for 15 minutes or more each day. Your support is hugely important for developing their reading skills, confidence and understanding. Even if your child is an independent reader, it is still important for you to read with them, listen to them and discuss the books they are reading.
We are also delighted to share that we have invested in an online reading platform called Bug Club. When logged into their own personal account, each child will have access to a range of stories carefully selected for them by their teachers. Throughout each story, they will have the opportunity to ‘hunt the bug’, which provides them with a fun quiz related to the pages they have read. Teachers also allocate children books according to their banded book levels that they are able to read online, which are suitable to their reading age. Use the link below to log in to the platform:
Teachers from across the school have compiled a recommended reading list for all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 so that you are aware of the fantastic books that are available in both school and in the local libraries that will enhance your child’s vocabulary and widen their experiences through the art of fantastic story telling.
Please click here for the reading list.
Parent Lending Library
We have a parent lending library coming soon to the reading display area next to the main office so that parents and carers can borrow books to read at home. Please use the signing in and out book that will be on the bookshelf. If you have any books at home which you have read and would like to donate to the lending library, please hand them in to the office.
How to support developing readers at home:
- Try to listen to and read with your child regularly, 10 minutes a day is better than a longer session once a week. It can help if a regular time is set aside so that it becomes part of a routine.
- Find a quiet place to share books where you can feel comfortable and relaxed – learning to read needs to be a positive experience - build their confidence by praising their efforts.
- Encourage your child to have a go at reading words, by using phonic skills to read any unfamiliar words, and by working on building up their sight vocabulary.
- Talk about the meanings of words to help to develop your child’s understanding and use of language.
- Encourage your child to read a range of texts such as stories, newspapers, comics, labels, poetry, non-fiction, tickets, signs, leaflets etc.
- Read books to your child as well; if they see you enjoying a book it will encourage and motivate them to want to learn to read.
- Ask them questions about the text to develop their understanding.
Questions to Develop Understanding:
Where/when does the story take place?
Who are the characters in the story?
What happens in this part of the story?
Tell me one/two things that the main character does in this part of the story?
Can you retell the story using your own words?
Tell me what this character was like?
Tell me the most interesting/ exciting/ funniest/ your favourite part of the story? Why?
What do you think the character feels about...? How can you tell?
What do you think would have happened if…?
What do you think is going to happen next?
Which part of this book did you like best/least? Why?
How has the author used words/phrases to make this character funny/ sad/ clever/ frightening/ excited etc?
Why is … a good title for this story/book/chapter/play?
Do you know any more stories like this? Tell me how they are alike.
Do you know another story with similar characters in? Tell me how they are similar.
What do you think this story is trying to tell us?
Has anything like this ever happened to you?
Tell me two things you found out that you didn’t know before.
What does this part of the text tell us about ….?
Which part of the text tells us about …?
Why are some words in bold?
How does this text/ layout help the reader?
How does (a diagram/picture/caption) help you to understand the information on this page?
If you have any questions or would like any further support please speak to your child’s class teacher.