At Pearson Primary, we aim for children to become independent and confident readers with a lifelong love of reading. We are committed to making sure that every child is a confident and fluent reader so that they can access all areas of the curriculum.
Our early readers learn to read phonetically matched books from Read, Write, Inc. They take three books home weekly.
1. The phonetically matched reading book that they have read in school.
2. The phonetically matched link home reading book from Read, Write, Inc.
3. A book to share and enjoy with friends and family at home.
Books that are available in classrooms are carefully chosen to promote a love of reading and to expand children’s reading in to wider areas of the curriculum.
In the Foundation Stage, we start teaching phonics from the start of school. Children have daily phonics lessons and are encouraged to practice the skills of reading throughout the whole day. The environment is language rich and supports children to practice being active and independent readers. Children enjoy daily stories and are encouraged to participate in role play and activities linked to their class book.
Children in EYFS have a weekly library session to choose books to enjoy and share with their family.
Children take part in daily Read, Write, Inc. phonics and reading lessons. Story time is timetabled daily and care is taken to choose books that expose children to a range of authors who represent the cultural diversity in the school and broaden children’s knowledge and experience of the world, as well as promoting high aspirations.
An additional whole class reading lesson takes place every afternoon to strengthen the children’s reading skills across all the content domains.
All children are expected to become fluent readers and so teacher’s provide additional ‘keep up’ sessions in the afternoon and 1:1 reading champions for children to ensure that they read frequently and make rapid progress.
Children take part daily in whole class reading sessions. The focus is on developing key reading skills through a quality class text.
Story time is timetabled daily and care is taken to choose books that promote understanding of topical issues, challenge perceptions and provoke debate.
The school day is extended to provide reading intervention for children who are not yet fluently reading.
Reading with your child
Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it is one of the most important things you can do to help your child’s education.
Reading is a key skill that enables your child to access the whole curriculum. In school we encourage everyone to discover the pleasure books can give. We explain that books are not just for reading words on a page but that they can present new ideas and topics for us all to discuss and learn from.
Every day in school we ask your children to read in a variety of contexts, for example, to follow instructions, to solve problems, to research or to read for pleasure. In addition, we hear your children read during reading sessions and on an individual basis as appropriate.
We hope that at some point during the week, you and your child manage to find time to share a book and investigate print that surrounds us in our everyday lives. You may like to share a picture book, comic, magazine, poetry book, an information text… the list is endless!
Julia Donaldson’s Top Tips for Parents
At Pearson Primary, we aim for children to become independent and confident readers with a lifelong love of reading.
We try to give children as many opportunities as possible to read so that they read fluently before leaving our school.
As a parent/carer, there are several ways you can help your child develop their reading skills:
- Make reading and looking at books fun – talk about the characters and what might happen next
- Try to read with them daily – set aside a special time for reading together
- Discuss any areas they are interested in and try to provide books that follow his/her interests
- Try to ensure your child has access to books in different rooms in the home
- If English is not your family’s first language, try to discuss books in any language. Staff in school will support the children with reading in English.
- Discuss your child’s progress with the school – if you need support with reading in English, staff in school are more than happy to support the family in any way they can. Opportunities for children to read in breakfast club are also available daily.
- Visit the library