Button Lane Primary school believes that reading is central to a child’s understanding of the school curriculum and of its vital importance in life. Fluent readers can engage critically with a range of texts, develop their ability to analyse, consider and question and also grow to love their language. We aim to develop a love and appreciation of reading and hope to achieve this through careful planning and teaching using up to date strategies. We use quality reading materials and resources within: phonics, literacy and whole class reading sessions.
At our school your child will:
• Develop phonetic skills which lead to blending and reading fluently.
• Build confidence and positive attitudes to reading.
• Enjoy the feeling of achievement gained by progressing through our recently enriched reading scheme.
• Experience reading for pleasure through the sharing of a class novel with regular visits to the school library.
• Be monitored through the use of a range of assessment strategies including informal assessments and formal testing as appropriate.
• Be supported to maximise their reading potential.
We teach systematic synthetic phonics through Letters and Sounds. Our approach is consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible.
Phonics sessions take place daily from Nursery to Year 2.
From Nursery to Year 6 a whole class reading approach is taught focusing on a variety of reading skills; enjoy, decide, define, retrieve, sequence, infer, predict, summarise, explore, compare and relate.
To further improve children’s understanding of language, a weekly word is introduced. Children explore this word’s meaning and try to apply this new knowledge when applicable throughout the week.
Children progress through a wide range of carefully levelled books from a variety of publishers. Our pre-readers in Nursery take home books to share and our beginning and emerging readers in Reception start to take home books matched to their daily phonics sessions. This continues through to Year 2 and when children are ready to move on from 100% decidable books they progress to banded books to finally becoming a fluent reader and able to choose from a wide variety of challenging texts.
In addition to this layered approach, all year groups have chosen class novels to further a love of reading.
10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read
As parents, you are your child’s most influential teacher with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read.
Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make this a positive experience:
1. Choose a quiet time
Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.
2. Make reading enjoyable
Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if they are reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else.
3. Maintain the flow
If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to ‘sound out’ words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than ‘alphabet names’.
4. Be positive
If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don’t say ‘No. That’s wrong,’ but ‘Let’s read it together’ and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child’s confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.
5. Success is the key
Parents anxious for a child to progress can mistakenly give a child a book that is too difficult. This can have the opposite effect to the one they are wanting. Until your child has built up his or her confidence, it is better to keep to easier books. Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless. Flow is lost, text cannot be understood and children can easily become reluctant readers.
6. Visit the Library
Encourage your child to use the public library regularly.
7. Regular practice
Try to read with your child on most school days. ‘Little and often’ is best. Teachers have limited time to help your child with reading.
Your child will most likely have a reading diary from school. Try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns. Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading.
9. Talk about the books
There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.
10. Variety is important
Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials eg. picture books, hard backs, comics, magazines, poems, and information books.