Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.
We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.
How Will My Child Be Taught to Read?
Here at Newker we use the Read Write Inc. program. We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. Ask them to show you what these are.
The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.
The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They soon start to believe in their own ability to read and this does wonders for their confidence.
The teachers regularly read to the children too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.
What Happens Next?
Once children are able to read fluently, we move on to helping them develop higher order reading skills such as information retrieval, inference or deduction. To do this we read with the children in small groups and help them consider what they have read. We might ask them for example their opinion of a character and encourage them to provide evidence from the text to support their answer. This is harder than it might at first seem and involves lots of discussion and rereading of texts.
This is something you could support your child with at home when they are no longer at the stage of reading aloud to you. Showing an interest in what your child is reading also helps them to develop a love of reading which will hopefully stay with them throughout their adult life.