“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison
“Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything
and everything about anything.” – Tomie DePaola
As a school, we are focussing on developing children’s reading skills as well as building resilience and
independence. The skills used for reading are transferable to many other areas of learning and can unlock lots of opportunities. We listen to children read in school in a number of ways, from individual reading to group or class sessions. It is essential that your child’s reading book and journal is in school each day.
Within school, children are encouraged to not just read a text, but to understand and analyse it through
thinking and questioning. It may be vocabulary related to check understanding of meaning, or information retrieval where the children can find the answer in the text. Sometimes, it may be inferential where clues are given and the children have to deduce what may be happening or how a character may be feeling. Other skills that help with comprehension are summarising and predicting. This could be done verbally, or through book reviews or written predictions.
We would like the children to develop their love of reading. Please encourage your child to not just read their reading book, but to ‘browse’ a range of literature such as comics, library books, information texts, sports articles, menus, historical texts etc.
We aspire for children to read regularly. In EYFS and Key Stage 1 reading is fundamental to learning
development and a key focus of home learning, therefore, children should read 5 times per week. In KS2 children should read 3 times per week as a minimum, practising fluency and developing a love of reading.
The Reading Olympics
We are really excited to let you know about a new reading competition that we are starting next week to help to develop the children’s love of books and reading. Each child will be competing in the school’s new reading competition, the ‘Reading Olympics’; having the opportunity to earn medals, certificates and prizes the more regularly they read at home.
Every time that your child reads at home, please sign in their reading record. This can be when they read their own choice of reading book/magazine/comic etc. as well as when they read their school reading book. Each week, we will tally up how many times the children have read at home and when they reach one of the following milestones, they will receive a medal with their name on for the Reading Olympics display and a certificate and prize which they will be awarded in our weekly celebration assembly.
50 reads – ‘Bronze’ – Medal, certificate and book mark
100 reads – ‘Silver’ – Medal, certificate and badge
200 reads – ‘Gold’ – Medal, certificate and a book
We will also be publishing the children’s names in the weekly newsletter when they receive any of the above awards.
Regular reading helps children to develop their fluency and expression in reading. As well as this, children need to gain confidence in their understanding of the texts that they read. Attached is a list of suggested comprehension questions to ask your children when you listen to them read, to ensure that they are engaging with the texts.
We look forward to seeing the display boards fill up with medals!
Below is a link to some helpful ideas about how you can encourage your children with reading comprehension: