Learning to read
'Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.'
Reading is an essential tool that every child needs, to be able to enjoy and engage with their learning at school and throughout their lives.
At Ascot Heath Primary school we are firm believers that reading should not be seen as a chore but a privilege and an enjoyable experience that enables children to not only gain knowledge, but develop self-esteem, imagination, vocabulary, conversation and good mental health (to name a few things.)
Below you will find information about how we teach reading in school, however we can't stress enough how important you are in your child's journey of learning to read. Learning new skills needs role models, repetition, perseverance (sometimes lots!), enthusiasm and opportunities to enjoy a variety of books and reading material.
In KS1 we follow the Read, Write Inc programme of study which begins by teaching the children different sets of sounds. (See below in parents guide link) As the children become more familiar with these and begin to blend them they are then introduced to short manageable stories that help them to practise these sounds. As the children build their repetoire of sounds and become more engaged with the text, they then progress through the programme also developing fluency and comprehension.
The things we like about this programme:
- children learn one thing at a time and practise it until it is second nature, helping to build confidence and self esteem with reading.
- Children are able to progress at the level suited to them.
- Each sound has a fun rhyme and an image to help children remember them.
- Develops fluency and comprehension.
- Phonics sessions provide good spelling strategies and help the children become more independent when writing.
Once a week the children will bring home a copy of the story they have been studying in their RWI sessions. They will have had 3 opportunities to read this text at school, allowing rehearsal and repetition of unfamiliar sounds and words. When they bring this book home to read to you, you should find that they are fluent and are able to read this book confidently.
Why not have a go at asking them some of the questions in the back of the book or practise some of the sounds at the front of the book.
It doesn't have to take long, but it is such an important part of their learning and we greatly appreciate your support.
At the start of the following week the children will then bring home an unfamiliar text at their reading level that is linked to the story they read the week before. This helps them to make links between stories and develop their comprehension. We call these 'Book bag books'
Please return both these books at the end of each week in your child's book bag. (If you have a small plastic wallet, it helps to keep the books in a good condition too for the next child to borrow.)