Here at Fryent Primary School, we really value reading, we aim to develop readers who:
- Have a love and enjoyment of reading.
- Value the power of reading
- Have excellent decoding and comprehension skills.
- Are exposed to a variety of high-quality texts.
The teaching of reading covers two main areas
Children develop a range of strategies to help them to become fluent readers. The main strategy used is through the teaching of phonics.
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the Letters and Sounds programme. It is an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds- then those sounds are blended into words.
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting
Reading is taught every day from Reception to Year 6. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles to develop children’s ability to read. Children develop new skills through daily reading sessions which take place in the form of phonics or guided reading.
In shared reading the teacher models the reading process to the whole class as an expert reader providing a high level of support. Teaching objectives are pre-planned and sessions are characterised by explicit teaching of specific reading strategies, oral response and collaboration. Texts are rich and challenging, beyond the current reading ability of the majority of the class.
In guided reading texts are chosen to match the ability of the group but still provide an element of challenge.
Guided reading provides a forum for pupils to demonstrate what they have learned about reading; the focus for the reading is concerned with extending strategies/objectives taught in shared reading.
Teachers plan for independent reading activities during sessions of Literacy teaching. Texts are selected so that pupils can access them without support. The focus for the reading is to provide practice and develop
During their time at Fryent Primary School, the children experience a range of opportunities and experiences to enable them to be confident readers. The provision for each Key Stage is shown below.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
• Listen to traditional tales.
• Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and
How can I help my child with reading?
- Remember that talking about reading is very important, so if your child is sometimes reluctant to read aloud, discussing a book will also help to develop reading skills.
- Concentrate on enjoyment and grasping the meaning rather than absolute accuracy.
- Keep reading time relaxed, comfortable and pleasurable, in a quiet corner, with the television turned off.
- Talk about the cover and read the title before rushing your child into the text, asking questions such as: what do you think it will be about; what sort of book is it; have you read one like this before?
- Look through the book, noticing interesting pictures and words, then read the opening together.
- Don’t correct too quickly. If your child makes an error suggest having another go, searching the pictures for a clue, sounding out the first letter or reading on before you ‘tell’ the problem word.
- If your child is really struggling, take over the reading yourself and let the teacher know.
- When your child brings home a book that has been read before
askfor a summary before reading it again, then discuss the book at a deeper level than last time.
- As your child progresses, talk about authors, characters and plots or what new information has been learnt.
- If your child reads silently ask her to re-tell the part that has been read and encourage the ‘pointing out’
ofrelevant sections in the text.
- Join your local library and use it regularly. Watch out for storytelling events, summer reads and reviews of new titles.
Useful Documents: The following information will help to support your children at home.
This website provides useful and engaging activities to help children decode and blend words:
Reading at school and home will ensure your child has as much help as possible to not only read each book but also to build the comprehension skills needed to develop their reading age.
Please click on the following links for a recommended reading list for your child's year group. Try to read with your child for 5 to 10 minutes each day, discussing the pictures and words as you go.
For advice on helping your child with reading Click here.
Recommended Reading Lists
Below are some websites designed to help you develop your child's reading skills
Click here to go to Oxford Owl website
Click here for Directgov website
Click here for Reading Rocket website
Nursery to Year 3 please follow the Letters and Sounds programme.
We use the following reading schemes to support the teaching of reading:
Reception: Alpha world/Bugs Club
KS1: Alpha World
Click here for questions to ask your child when reading - Early Years
Click here for questions to ask your child when reading - Key Stage 1
Click here for questions to ask your child when reading - Key Stage 2
Click here for Reading objectives