“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 Key Stage
2 we are looking to review the reading journals in the new academic year but for now should be used to support
and prompt the children’s thinking when reading. KS2 children should read 3 times per week as a minimum,
practising fluency and developing a love of reading.