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Our reading intent at Woodthorpe

By the time your child leaves in Year 6 we hope that they are fluent, confident readers, who enjoy reading and have a love of books.

We aspire for all our children to develop this love of reading through purposeful teaching of high-quality diverse texts, putting reading at the heart of the curriculum. Our school is a reading rich environment that values books enabling our children to become lifelong readers. Research has found that children who can read with fluency and are motivated to read for pleasure, are more likely to read for life (Skill vs Will).

What reading looks like at Woodthorpe

Reading is a high priority at Woodthorpe and we encourage children to read as much as possible throughout the curriculum. In every classroom, every day, our children are read to by the teacher for 10, 15, 20 minutes. Sometimes more. This non-negotiable isn’t necessarily followed up with any “work”, it simply allows our children to listen, enjoy and understand the magical power of a great story, poem or piece of non-fiction.

They also engage with books and different texts in English and also in other lessons, in Key Stage One they have a daily 25 minute phonics session to improve decoding skills, in Key Stage Two they have independent reading time, all classes have a reading area and the children are also encouraged to borrow books, for enjoyment, from their class library.

Reading Challenge

As many of you are aware, as a school we are trying to encourage and promote the children’s love for reading. Therefore, we have a reading challenge to complete every term. To complete this challenge your child needs to read at home at least three times a week and they will receive a sticker for their reading chart. If they get a sticker every week they will receive a reward at the end of each term.

Encouraging a love of reading

To encourage your child to have a love of reading, you could:

Visit the local library.

Allow children to use audio books.

Use iPads/ tablets- download eBooks.

Visit the news round website and let them read the most recent news.

Read higher level texts aloud to your child.

Top tips for reading with your child

Set aside a specific time for reading every day and make reading a priority, even if it’s just 5 minutes, as it does make a huge difference!

Try not to do the reading when you are both tired!

Be positive. Praise your child for trying hard at their reading. Let them know it is alright to make mistakes.

Always remember to keep reading aloud to your child even when they can read independently.

Reading strategies to help your child

Cut the word into syllables e.g. en-joy-able

Sound it out e.g. s-n-ai-l.

Follow the words with your finger and sound out the words (c-a-t: cat)

See if they can pronounce each sound and then blend them together.

Cover up the word and keep reading and then go back and work out what it could be.

Look at the first letter for a clue.

Look for certain spelling patterns to help them decode unfamiliar vocabulary.

Super Six Reading Strategies

To develop fluency and understanding of the text, you could practise these techniques whilst, during or after reading:

Making connections– linking different texts based on similar events, or linking the text to their life experience e.g. visiting London and it mentioned in the text.

Predicting– making informal judgements of what they think is going to happen e.g. I think……… is going to happen because……

Questioning– Children learn to pose and answer questions that clarify meaning and promote a deeper understanding of the text.

Monitoring– Children pause whilst reading to ensure that they understand what is happening.

Visualising– Children to create an image of the text in their heads. E.g. can you imagine what it would be like to be in the Tower of London?

Summarising– Children are able to summaries the main ideas of the text and are able to tell somebody else what has happened.

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