Cheriton Primary School

Cheriton Primary School
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 Helping your child to read at home.

Please try to share a reading activity with your child every day and send book bags to school daily too. Try and choose a quiet time when you will both enjoy the activity.

With younger children, it may be helpful to undertake a “Book Look” before reading together. This is where you look at and discuss the pictures and words in the book before reading.

Children need to use a variety of clues to help them work out what words say. Some words will be known or easy to work out using phonics (sounds).  For other words, children may need to read on to the end of the line or sentence to find a word that fits best.  Often children need to look at the pictures to help them work out an unfamiliar word.

Reading Diaries

Reading diaries are an important part of the communication between home and school. It is really helpful if you can record the date, title of the book and a comment, for example if your child

  • Enjoyed the book, can retell the story in their own words
  • Can follow words with their finger – either when they read or when you read
  • Can retell the story in their own words
  • Can say if they enjoyed the story (and why)We are always pleased to discuss reading progress. Please make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher.

Reading at school

Reading is a vital skill. The carefully planned teaching that we deliver in school must be supported by plenty of individual practise at home. We welcome parents, grandparents and carers into the school to help with reading. Please enquire at the school office.

The programmes of study for reading in the new National Curriculum at KS1 and KS2 consist of two dimensions – word reading and comprehension

Our reading books come mainly from the PM scheme and are banded accurately with smaller structured steps within these levels. Children progress through these levels at their own pace and this is monitored regularly by class teachers and teaching assistants who use running records to find books that children can read at 90-95% accuracy. This is known as an instructional level. Children on the correct book level will give their teachers plenty of opportunities to observe the strategies that they use to read successfully.

Children bring reading books home in their book bags. Book bags are available from the school office. Children have a reading diary in which adults in school record comments about reading. We ask that parents do the same – when you read with your child, please initial, comment and date so that we know your child has read.

It is our aim that children foster a love of books and take pleasure in their reading. Throughout the course of the school day, children are given many opportunities to read – for comprehension, in connection with other subjects and to develop an enjoyment of reading.

Whole Class Reading

Every term, children in Key Stage 2 will read a novel as a whole class. Lessons take place daily and encourage good comprehension and a love of reading with children eagerly anticipating the next chapter in their class novel.

Whole-class reading sessions mean that all children are immersed in the same high quality literature and the discussions that these texts promote. To ensure high levels of engagement in lessons, reading will be interspersed with questions and activities to ensure that all children are getting as much as they possibly can out of the text including reading with expression, using more interesting and challenging texts and widening the children’s range and use of vocabulary.

Children in Key Stage 1 also have their own termly texts that they share together with their teachers and their class.

Information on Key Texts is available from Class Teachers.

Reading Support

There are some children who may require more support if they are to become fluent readers therefore we run an intensive reading support programme (based on Reading Recovery) for younger children– daily one to one lessons delivered by a highly trained teacher.

To complement this, we also run the BR@P scheme (Boosting Reading@ Primary). BR@P provides children with the opportunity to read two or three times a week with a trained adult to enable children to develop confidence. 

You will be notified by letter of your child’s inclusion in these programmes. We are fortunate that all our Teaching Assistants are trained to provide BR@P.

Older children may benefit from more inference based comprehension support, either in a small group or one to one with an adult.

Please talk to class teachers if you have any questions about these programmes.