Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
4 out of 7 Reading Scheme
To encourage children to read a wide range of books that will support their comprehension, we have a whole school reading reward system at Wick. We have a lovely range of reading books, library books and book areas in each class, and we feel we would like to encourage this further with our whole school reading reward system.
Your child will be given a reading record card, which will be stuck in the front of their reading diary. They will be bringing it home daily to share with you. We ask that children read at least 4 times a week, and depending on their age, this may be reading aloud to you, or for older children, will be discussing the book with you. We would ask you to initial their record at least 4 times a week. By asking you to do this only four times, we are acknowledging the fact that many children do after school activities and so may not be able to read on set nights, but obviously the more times your child reads, the greater the impact on their reading skills. At the end of each term, there is a reading treat for those who have read the required number of times, and for those children who have read five or more times a week, there is the chance to win a prize. For children who are still on scheme books, our teaching assistants will be setting targets through the week to encourage children to complete books, but for children who are free readers, they can either read their school book, or a book from home that you are sharing together. Please initial days your child has read or discussed their reading with you, and please write comments in their yellow diary as before.
At the end of each week and term the cards and reading diaries will be collected in by the class teacher and monitored to see who will achieve their reward. Children who have consistently read 4 times out of 7 will be given an end of term reward, agreed by the class and the teacher – this could be a film and popcorn afternoon, or an own clothes day- we are obviously looking to celebrate reading regularly!
The recommended times for children to read are shown below;
Reception; supported by an adult 10 minutes 4 x a week
Years 1 & 2; supported by an adult 15 minutes 4 x a week
Years 3 & 4; support dependent on reading skills, 15 minutes 4 x week.
Years 5 & 6; independent or supported reading 20 minutes 4 x a week.
Many thanks in advance for your support with this initiative – children will be reminded of our reading system through regular assembly updates and in class discussions, but feel free to come in and discuss this with your child’s teacher if you have any queries.
What can parents/carers do to help?
When your child stars Reception, you will be invited to a meeting so that we can explain how we teach reading and phonics and show you the resources we use. During the meeting, there are lots of suggestions on how you can help your child to read and our expectations. Your support really does get your child off to a flying start and encourages them to make great progress!
You can help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘blend’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly by searching on YouTube for ‘Jolly Phonics’. We follow our letters and sounds scheme for phonics which leads into Read, Write, Inc spellings in KS2. All of this work also links into our spelling work, a good understanding of these sounds really does make a difference!
Sometimes your child might bring home a book that they already know well. Please don’t say, ‘This is too easy,’ as they may have chosen that because they enjoy it! Instead, encourage your child to tell you the story out loud; ask them questions about things that happen or what they think about some of the characters in the story.
Make reading fun! Remember to keep reading to your child. They will come across far more adventurous words than they will in their early reading books and you will be helping them to grow a vast vocabulary, develop an deeper understanding of different stories etc. It will also encourage them to love books and want to read more; if a child sees and hears an adult reading they are inspired by them! Below is a recommended list of books suitable for each year group.