What is reading?

Pupils who are still at the early stages of learning to read should practice reading books that are matched to their developing phonic knowledge and knowledge of common exception words. Older pupils should be able to read age-appropriate books accurately and at a speed sufficient for them to focus on understanding what they read rather than on decoding individual words, becoming independent, fluent and enthusiastic readers who read widely and frequently.

Why is it important to learn about reading?

Reading has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to read and fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

What reading is taught at Cottesmore?

We teach children to develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding,
To understand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to. They participate in discussions about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say. They should be developing their understanding and enjoyment of stories, poetry, plays and non-fiction, and learning to read silently. They will learn to explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves, and learning to justify their views about what they have read.

How is reading taught at Cottesmore?

We have guided reading sessions each day, with groups of children working on different skills (i.e. retrieving information, inferring meaning, prediction behaviour, as well as reading fluency). Children also read independently at times during the day. The class teacher will also read a book to the class during the week, read together as a class and encourage the class to discuss points. Each class visits the school library regularly to select a good range of different types of books, and we also subscribe to First News, enabling children to read news written at a child-friendly level. We also have regular author visits, hold reading and book celebration days and join online book discussions with successful authors.

How you can support your child at home with reading?

Reading at Home Booklet 2016/2017

Reading Prompts for Parents

You can support your child reading each evening (10-20 minutes). You may like to read a section in turns so the story moves more quickly.

Visit to read online books and ask your teacher for help choosing books,.

Reception/Early Years - Books for children aged 0-5

Years 1/2/3 - Books for children aged 6-8

Years 4/5/6 - Books for children aged 9-11

Visit your local library.

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