Your child's reading experience is much more than the reading book which comes home from school. Reading is happening all the time in the classroom and in the school. Not only is it taught in specific guided reading sessions and during a 1:1 opportunity with a member of staff in the classroom but also children are practising and using their 'reading' constantly across all subjects too.
I wanted to address the different ways in which we as a school support your child with reading.
Whole Class Guided Reading
Every day, year groups 1 - 6 take part in a half hour guided reading lesson. During this time, children are given a carefully selected age appropriate text from a core list that it relevant to a topic or subject they are learning about. The class teacher and each child will then take it in turns to read aloud to the class, emphasising use of expression and intonation and then answer questions that have come up during that page/chapter. This strategy of guided reading is now going into it’s 3rd year and has shown to build children’s confidence to read aloud, interest in the text and improvement in questioning the text.
Every child at CCSJ from Reception - Year 6 have an opportunity to read with a member of staff up to 3 times a week. Your child will be given an oxford reading tree stage book, that they can also take home, which are changed regularly. Class Teacher’s and TA’s will be able to move your child to the next stage when they can show 80% of reading fluency and understanding of the text. Every class has a reading folder that is used to monitor individual reading.
A new reading initiative has been introduced this year called author study. Currently in Reception each class has an author for Autumn Term, Julia Donaldson and Allan Ahlberg. Every Friday a different book title from their author is sent home for families to read together over the weekend and are then bought back on Monday. The books are then quarantined for 48 hours due to Covid-19 regulations and exchanged for a new book on Friday. This exciting initiative will hopefully be open for all KS1 children by Christmas and then KS2 will follow.
Expectations for home reading
You can support this 'reading journey' with your child through regular reading at home. Reading to and with your child every evening for at least ten minutes can make a dramatic difference to a child's achievement within school. A report from the Oxford University Press highlighted the importance of parents reading with their children. 'Children who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age'. We encourage the use of reading planners to communicate with your child’s class teacher whether your child has read in the evening and whether their books need to change. These are checked by a member of staff.
At CCSJ, we encourage children to read as much as possible. Your child will already have the opportunity to read several times a week during whole class guided reading sessions with their class teacher and also timetabled library times with our very own librarian who we, unlike other schools, are very lucky to have.
It is not just at school where reading is important. Children are expected to read with a parent or guardian every night to help reinforce the learning they receive at school. We ask that when you have read with your child, you write a brief note in their reading diary so we know your child has read the evening before.
We endeavour to change your child’s book as often as is necessary. If you have read with your child and would like your child’s book to be changed please put it in the box by the door of the classroom to be swapped and let the class teacher know.
For this to all be possible, please can you make sure that your child has their book bag and reading book with them every day so that we are able to read with them/ swap their book at any time.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s reading, please speak to the class teacher.