At Ribbon we believe all children should enjoy reading. Reading is a life skill and contributes to academic achievement. We have compiled a list of recommended books for each year group – you may already know (and love) some of them.
We know it can be difficult to find time to sit down and enjoy a book with your child, but it is such an important part of your child’s development. Below are some tips to help your child develop their love of reading.
Top tips for how you can help your child?
Choose a quiet time – Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Fifteen to twenty minutes is usually long enough.
Make reading enjoyable – Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else and try again at a different time.
Maintain the flow – If your child mispronounces a word, do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to ‘sound out’ words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than ‘alphabet names’.
Be positive – If your child says something nearly right to start with, that is fine. Don’t say ‘No. That’s wrong,’ but ‘Let’s read it together’ and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child’s confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.
At Ribbon, we want all of our pupils to become successful readers, who have a passion for the written word. There have been some recent and exciting developments with the way in which we teach reading; please read on to find out more!
How do we teach reading?
We use a variety of teaching methods to keep children motivated and excited about reading. Each day children at Ribbon engage in x2 reading sessions. The first session focuses on comprehension, developing vocabulary and sharing understanding - the second session is Accelerated Reader. In addition to specific reading sessions, children should listen to stories read aloud to them on a regular basis, and all class teachers read aloud daily from the class novel.
Wordless Stories and Pictures
In the Early Years children are encouraged to discuss wordless stories and imagery, which helps develop communication and language and comprehension skills. Children in Reception begin their reading journey with a wordless story which can be brought home.
From Nursery to Year 2, we follow the Sounds Write phonics programme. Children in these year groups will take home a reading book matched to the sounds they are learning at school.
Read Write Inc.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 follow the Read Write Inc. spelling programme which builds on the learning in KS1.
High Frequency Words
From Reception onwards, children are encouraged to learn common high frequency words or ‘tricky words’. Children are given a small selection of words to learn in golden tins. Once children are confident with these high frequency words, they will be replaced with others.
This term we have launched the Accelerated Reader programme, which enables each child from Years 2—6 to read a book daily (at their level and interest). They will complete quizzes on their chosen book, and accelerate through the levels. So far the children are engaging really well with the programme and we are delighted with the progress they are making in reading. We have invested a significant amount of money in this scheme therefore, we are keen (for the moment) to retain books in school.
Although we do promote home > school reading (in KS1), we have found that children (in KS2) do not always return to school with the book that they have been given. This term we have decided to offer parents the opportunity to ‘e-read’ with their child. We believe that this is an easy convenient way to engage with reading with your child (without waiting for school to change books on a weekly basis). The Oxford Reading Tree website offers a wide variety of e-books to suit every age and stage of reading. The website is free to use, and all you need to do is set up a free account for you and your child, and enjoy reading or listening to the many stories and fact books available. for a guide click here