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 which they can read independently. To begin with this may be a book without words, just talk with your child about the story and encourage them to tell you what is happening. When your child is ready, we will also send home a more challenging book for you to support them reading to you. This will have sounds and words they are working on but may need support to read. Your child will choose a picture book from our library for you to read to them and enjoy together.
We call these different books, 'I read', 'we read', and 'you read'.
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. We will also send home 'Tricky Words' for your child to practise reading onsight.
Choose a time when your child isn't too tired to enjoy sharing the books together. Talk about the pictures and what they can see or what is happening. 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 and how you can help them at home.
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 there is no limit!
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'.
We enjoy visits to the library and especially when Miss Dunn, the librarian, shares a special book with us. We have a system of 'Buddy Reading' with the children in Year 6, they come to our class every fortnight and we can choose books to share with our 'Buddy'. This is always really valued by the children in Reception and Year 6. We enjoy inviting other adults to our class to share stories, poems and rhymes or sometimes they just tell us a story about themselves!
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.