By the first term your child will be accessing our school reading scheme, which will offer them steady progression on the road to becoming a fluent independent reader. The children follow a colour coded levelled reading scheme and need to work through one level before moving on to the next level. Each level provides a range of genres and a number of different texts including fiction and non-fiction. Children would usually start with the Oxford Reading Tree ‘Biff and Chip’ books in each level as these use straightforward language, before moving on to the other books in the level.
It is important that your child is secure and confident in a level before moving on and their reading experience in each level is across a range of books. In addition to reading the texts fluently your child should be able to discuss the contents of the book, predict what might happen and begin to talk about the characters. Moving to the next level will be at the teacher’s discretion.
What we expect parents/family carers to do:
- Read and talk about the books with your child daily.
- Encourage your child to discuss what happens in the book and ask them simple questions about the content.
- Make a comment in their reading record every time you listen to your child (i.e., daily).
- Enjoy looking at, reading and listening to story books as frequently as possible.
- Ensure book bag, book and reading record are in school daily.
What the school will do:
- Starting after Christmas the children will have daily Guided Reading in ability groups (approx. 6 children) – the teacher works with one group each day.
- Provide time daily to change books.
- Encourage your child to change his/her books independently but offer support where needed.
- Listen to each child read on a one to one basis once a week.
- Write a teacher comment in their reading record once a week.
- Share story books with the children.
- Give the children the opportunity to listen to audio books.
- Encourage your child to visit the school library throughout the week.
- Offer regular opportunities for independent reading across the curriculum.