Early Reading in EYFS and Key Stage 1
The Teaching of Reading and Writing:
At Edwalton Primary School we teach children how to read and write through the Synthetic Phonics programme. Through Foundation and Year 1 children will be taught Phonics each day, for 20 mins. In Year 2, Phonics is taught at least 3 times a week. In Key Stage 2 children will continue with Phonics if they have not reached the end of Phase 5.
We follow the following reading scheme (other books may be used occasionally to support children’s reading):
Oxford Reading tree
Read with Biff
Chip and Kipper.
When we feel children are reading confidently and with understanding of what the story is about, children will go onto the free readers scheme (where children can choose what books they want to read)!
What are we doing to enable your child to become a confident reader?
We have worked hard to arrange exciting opportunities to read- using iPads, guided-reading treasure hunts, interactive reading games, a variety of different genres and medias of reading.
We are designating an area of the library for magazines and newspapers to appeal to a wider range of children.
Using parents as ‘reading buddies’ in school, who hear children read and share books with. We are particularly keen to recruit male reading buddies; boys are often reluctant readers and it is fantastic to use male reading buddies to act as positive role-models. So come on Dads- volunteer some time!
We use our ‘reading buddies’ with the children, where the oldest and youngest children in the school meet to share a book with.
We have recently bought new Phonics books for Foundation right up to Year 2. These include ‘comics for Phonics’, and have been hugely popular with the children.
We have ordered new guided reading books which will inspire children to develop a love of reading.
Lastly, we want to raise the profile of becoming a…
We have asked each class what their preferred prize would be for being a Star Reader. The majority voted that they would love wristbands. This means that if your child reads 4 times a week (and is recorded!), they will get a wristband. We know we can do it! Let’s make reading inspiring for our children- they deserve it.
We cannot overexaggerate the importance of Early reading.
Why is it so important?
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. They also do much better at Year 7 onwards!
As teachers, it becomes increasingly apparent to us when spending time with children, the effect that a love of reading has on their overall education- not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. Through reading, children learn to empathise with a range of different characters and situations.
They learn about friendship and loyalty through Harry Potter and his group of close-knit friends. They come to understand that looks can be deceiving when they learn of Matilda’s magic. They find out the power a small mouse can have when he deceives the mighty Gruffalo!
We believe that through books, children come to believe and understand their own power and potential.
What difference can you make as a parent?
The short answer is: a lot! Parents are by far the most important educators in a child’s life and it’s never too young for a child to start, even if you’re only reading with your child for a few minutes a day. You don’t have to read an entire book, nor for a long amount of time. Every bit of reading counts; reading instructions from a cookbook, comics, iPads, or a Holy book like the Koran, Bible or Torah because everything will count.
Make sure you, or another adult in the family, writes it in their reading record! This is critical as we track engagement and overall reading results for each class.
Building vocabulary and understanding
Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out print. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a rich and wide vocabulary. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work as well. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.
As children start to learn to read at school, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books, finding out what interests them and helping them to find books that will be engaging and fun for them. Give time to helping them practise reading the books they will bring home from school or from the wonderful new Library in West Bridgford.
“Reading for pleasure is the single biggest factor in success later in life, outside of an education. Study after study has shown that those children who read for pleasure are the ones who are most likely to fulfil their ambitions. If your child reads, they will succeed. It’s that simple’. – Bali Rai (Children’s author)