At St Paul's we love to read and strive to instill a love of reading in your child too. We do this with families as sharing books at home is an essential part of becoming a reader and beginning what is hopefully a life long pleasure as well as a key skill.
In Reception the children start to bring books home as soon as they start school. They will be given a book which is linked to the phonics they are learning and they can also choose a picture book to share with you. As we learn the different sounds in phonics we will send them home so you know which sounds to look out for in their reading book.
At this stage the main priority is getting into the habit of reading and talking about the story, pictures or characters. Choose a time when your child isn't too tired and enjoy sharing the books together. You could point out any letters from their name or sounds that we have been learning. As they learn new sounds they will begin to blend them together to build words. Please look in the phonics section for more information about this process.
Your child will also bring home a reading record for you to write in each time you read together at home. You can make comments or ask questions for us in school but just a quick tick is fine.
Please keep your child's books and reading record in their bag and bring it to school each day, this is really helpful when we read with your child or change their book. We read with all the children individually at least once a week and then as often as we are able to. Your child has the opportunity to change their book everyday so it's always helpful to remind them if they need to do this. We suggest reading with them at least 3-4 times a week but to share other stories everyday.
In school we base our learning in books, both fiction and non-fiction. Books are available for the children throughout the day, both inside and outside and across all the areas of learning. Stories are read aloud at least twice a day, this is a special part of the day- it's my favourite time and the reason I wanted to be an Early Years teacher! The children have a time for independent reading every day, then they have the opportunity to recommend books to the class and we encourage lots of 'book talk'.
If your child has a favourite book at home they would like to share with the class please do let them bring it in, we can take good care of it and it's wonderful to see the children developing their identity as readers.