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Why is Reading so important?

The stories we hear as children shape our view of the world. Most small children live their lives in quite a limited environment. Reading stories to children can show them far-flung places, extraordinary people and eye-opening situations to expand and enrich their world.

It can also be a great way of helping them deal with real life situations that they need help to deal with. Researchers have found that the brain activity that occurs when we read fiction is very similar to experiencing that situation in real life, so reading about a situation helps children work out how to solve it in reality.

Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. ... Even after children learn to readby themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together.

Reading is an essential skill children must learn in order to become successful. Why? Because reading is required to understand most other topics. 

 

Reading builds …

A stronger relationship with parents

Academic excellence

Basic speech skills

Better communication skills

Mastery of language

More logical thinking skills

More effective transitions to new experiences

Enhanced concentration and discipline

Fun

 

How do we teach Reading at St Anne's?

-Guided Reading - children read the same book in a group, discuss it with an adult and undertake follow-up activities.  All children enjoy at least 2 sessions each week with an adult.

-Immersion Phase of core Literacy - children read, answer comprehension questions on and analyse the model text and texts in the genre being taught.

-Cross Curricular reading - children read books on their curriculum topic and undertake self-directed research.

-Class reader - adults read a book aloud to the class.  The text links to the curriculum topic and enhances learning.

-Library Time - children visit the school library every week and can borrow a book to take home.

-Homework – children in the younger years bring home reading books.  Older children who are free readers choose their own books from home/school.  All children are asked to record their reading every day in a reading record.

-Special events - we love to celebrate books and reading.  Each year we celebrate World Book Day by dressing up and undertaking a variety of fun, book-based activities.  The children also love to visit Caversham Library and enjoy meeting authors.

How can you help your child learn to read?

Parents often wonder how they can help to develop the reading skills of children who are already fluent readers. The best way is to continue to share books with your child, regularly listening to them read, sometimes reading to or with them, but also discussing books read in increasing depth.

To become good readers children need to develop skills in seven key areas and it can be useful to think about these when reading with your child.

1.Decoding: making sense of the words on the page.

2.Retrieval and recall: locating important information, retelling stories and describing events.

3.Inference: reading between the lines.

4.Structure and organisation: commenting on the features and organisation of each text type e.g. the use of subtitles and the author’s reason for organising a text in a certain way.

5.Language: thinking about the language choices made by writers and developing vocabulary.

6.Purpose and viewpoint: asking who is the narrator of a story? What does the writer of this biography feel about his/her subject?

7.Making links: making links between ideas and experiences. Good readers connect the book they are reading with real life experiences; with other books read and stories heard; with films and with the context in which they were written.

What questions can I ask my child when s/he is reading?

What has happened in the story so far?

What do you think will happen next?

Who is your favourite character? Why?

Who is the character you like least? Why?

Do you think the author intended you to like / dislike this character? How do you know? Does your opinion of this character change during the story? How? Why?

 Find two things the author wrote about this character that made him / her likeable?

If you met one of the characters from the story, what would you say to him / her?

Which part of the story is your favourite / least favourite? Why?

Would you change any part of the story? How?

Would you change any of the characters? How?

Which part of the story was the funniest/scariest/ saddest/ happiest? Find some evidence in the text to support your opinion.

What is the purpose of this book? How do you know?

Why is this page laid out in this way? Could you improve it?

Pick three favourite words or phrases from this chapter. Can you explain why you chose them?

Did this book make you laugh? Can you explain what was funny and why?

Have you read anything else by this author? Is anything similar?

Does this book remind you of anything else? How?

When do you think this book was written? How do you know? Does it matter? What would it be like if it was written now?

Do you think the title of the book is appropriate? What would you have called it?

What is the genre of the book: sci-fi, mystery, historical, fantasy, adventure, horror, comedy? What are the features that make you think this?

Find two sentences which describe the setting.

Is the plot fast or slow moving? Find some evidence in the text, which supports your view.

If the author had included another paragraph before the story started what do you think it would say?

Would you like to read another book by this author? Why/ why not?

 

Why not turn the tables and let your child ask you about your reading material?

The greatest encouragement for your child is to see you - their most influential role model - reading.

Could you be a reading volunteer?

We are also always on the look out for reading volunteers.

What would I do?

Support reading with children … listen to a child read 1:1 and discuss a text.

How often would I need to be able to come?

One hour per week, two hours per week …. All we ask is that you come in regularly so that the child/children with whom you are are regularly heard.

What should I do if I am interested in helping?

Just let the office know and leave your contact details.  We will get back to you.

Thank you!

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