At Ropsley Church of England Primary School, we encourage children to read for pleasure as well as impressing upon them the importance of learning to read. Children are expected to be reading at least five times a week in every year group and this should be recorded in the reading diary provided.
We use the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and assign children to a book band based on their word reading skills and their ability to understand and explain what they are reading. These are a few of the characters you and your child are likely to meet.
Whilst children read at school, individually, in groups and as part of a class, there are also lots of ways that you can support your child at home. We would encourage you to hear your child read their reading books as often as possible (remember little and often is best), but there are also other ways that you can read with your child or promote the pleasure of reading and here are a few ideas to help you…
Becoming a reader involves the development of important skills;
- Using language in conversation
- Listening and responding to stories read aloud
- Recognising and naming the letters of the alphabet and the sounds that they make
- Reading often so that recognition of words becomes automatic and easy
- Learning and using new words
- Understanding what is read
Model a love of reading with your child – let children see that you value books. Seeing adults enjoying reading from books, newspapers, magazines, recipes or menus will make children want to read themselves.
Keep books safe and encourage children to have a special place where their books can be stored. Show them how to turn pages carefully.
Children learn from the world around them and from seeing labels, notices and signs which are written in print. Encourage children to look for words they know all around them!
Make time to read with your child and hear them read. Encourage them to share reading with friends, grandparents, brothers, sisters and other family members.
Try to provide a peaceful atmosphere with no distractions so that children can fully enjoy listening to, or reading, a book.
Practice the sounds of language – read books with rhymes. Teach your child rhymes, short poems and songs. Play simple word games eg How many words can you make up that sound like the word ‘cat’?
Help your child take spoken words apart and put them back together. Help your child separate the sounds in words, listen for the beginning and ending sounds and put separate sounds together.
Let children have time to attempt words that they are unsure before you give them the word. Help them to get the initial sound or try breaking the word into smaller sections. If your child is struggling, give them the word but encourage them to re-read the sentence correctly to reinforce the new word they have learnt and hear themselves successfully reading the sentence.