Supporting Reading

At Watcombe, reading is hugely important to us. Research (Institute of Education 2013) shows that reading plays a significant part in children’s learning and that good readers are more likely to make good progress or better in all areas of learning.

  • Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers.
  • Children who are read to regularly at age 5 perform better in tests at age 16 than those who were not.
  • Reading for pleasure has the strongest effect on children’s vocabulary development, but the impact on spelling and maths is also significant.
  • Children who read for pleasure make more progress in Maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.

We want all of our pupils to be good readers!

This starts from before the children come to school with adults sharing books and enjoying them together allowing children to develop the understanding that print has meaning and build a love for stories. As the children develop they learn a range of different strategies (such as phonics) to help them read and gain meaning from text.

In order to promote reading we use a range of strategies from inviting parents in for a weekly reading time with their children in the mornings to encouraging reading at home with a weekly challenge for classes to achieve the top number of home reads and be the ‘Reading Champions’ of the week.

To support our pupils in making progress in their reading we have a well stocked library from which children are able to access a wide range of books. These are banded into ability ranges to help the children choose books that are suitable for them.

Within this banded system there are target points that children should reach by certain ages to ensure that they are on track to achieve the necessary attainment levels at the end of each year. Once a child has reached the the age appropriate level then there will be a time for them to consolidate and develop their reading skills through a range of challenges. This is really important to ensure that children are able to extend comprehension and higher level skills through experiencing a broad range of books. The children will be presented with certificates as they progress through the different levels and challenges to celebrate their achievements.

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Reading at home is hugely important and will benefit the children by allowing them to practice the skills they are learning and be able to become more sustained readers.

Babbel have 10 top tips for helping make reading at home an enjoyable and valuable experience.

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/parents/ten-tips-on-hearing-your-child-read

At Watcombe we have also produced a booklet for you that we hope will support you in your understanding of how to best support your child in their reading.

a-parents-guide-to-teaching-early-reading-skills

If you have any questions at all about reading, your child’s progress or would like to come in and help hear readers in school please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. All help is very well received and really contributes to the children’s progress in reading.

Year 1 Phonics screening check: A guide for parents