Liden Primary School

Liden Primary School


Expectations for Reading

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Learning to Read and Reading for Pleasure

Teaching children to read and write independently, as quickly as possible, is one of the core purposes of a primary school. These key skills not only hold the keys to the rest of the curriculum but also have a huge impact on children’s self-esteem and future life chances.

Once children have learnt to read independently we continue to teach key reading strategies through the Loves Reading programme. Children are taught learning behaviours which enable them to support and listen to other points of view and to discuss and explain their ideas. Through this they then apply the seven reading strategies of predicting, inferring, asking questions, evaluating, clarifying, making connections and summarising.

Being able to decode a text alone is not enough. Children need to comprehend what they are reading and need to be actively taught key comprehension skills from a very early age. We do this through comprehension activities linked to the stories the children read. We know that good readers question, check and engage with their own understanding – these are some of the skills we seek to develop. We know that decoding and comprehension should not be taught in linear progression but need to be taught simultaneously.

Our entire curriculum has a strong emphasis on vocabulary acquisition. Vocabulary is key to understanding and learning. Children need to know, through active teaching, what words mean in order to understand what they have read. Again, this is a core purpose behind the books we read to the children in the English programme.

Most importantly of all, in all year groups, we encourage children to be reading at home every night. Sharing a book together with your child is bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child’s vocabulary, communication, concentration, empathy and imagination. Whether this is sharing books by reading together (when children are in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and 2 this is crucial) or beginning to read more independently, we advise that all children read for 20 minutes a day.

Five ways you can help your child enjoy stories and rhymes

  • Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story
  • Use your hands and face as well as your voice – your child will love to see you smiling
  • Use animal sounds like woof, growl and hoot – this will really help to bring the story to life
  • Stories and rhymes can be shared with the whole family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in?
  • Don’t be shy, relax and enjoy – if you are having fun so will your child.

 Why not try these top tips?

  • Sit close together when sharing a book and encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages
  • Don’t be afraid to use funny voices – it’s a great way to make your child giggle. And don’t be afraid to sing either – they won’t care whether or not you sing in tune or know the words!
  • When you talk to your child about what’s going on in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. Try to ask questions that don’t require just yes or no answers. For example, ask them what they think will happen next ask or about how a character might be feeling
  • Sharing books isn’t just about the words - point to the pictures and relate them to something your child knows
  • Using a puppet to act out a story can help your child to understand what's going on and learn how to pretend play. Why not pick a character from your book and use the puppet to show what they are doing? Watch the video below for more guidance.
  • And lastly – make it fun! It doesn’t matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together!

Take a look at the Book Trust website for more ideas for sharing stories, interactive books and interesting videos

 Reading Journals - The books that I have shared or read
A Reading Journal is provided to each child to record what they have been reading. It also provides an opportunity for parents to comment on their childs reading.  There are points rewarded for each reach (a read is 1 session on 1 day - click here to see an example). We will be celebrating their reading when they attain 100 points, with an invitation to the '100 Club'.