One of the many great things about our school is seeing children develop their love of reading and engaging in texts of all genres throughout the school. We value reading and our new Literacy co-ordinator, Mrs Mawdsley, is currently looking at reviewing and refining our approach to Literacy which, of course, encompasses reading.
At the heart of developing reading skills is widening the understanding of the English language and vocabulary enrichment.
Purposeful and well-designed speaking and listening activities are a key way to encourage children to think of the audience and purpose of their spoken or written word. This exposure to the language and linguistic features help children develop their own ideas which build into stories. This then transforms into a very solid basis for a child’s writing development. Your child’s teachers do this in many ways from discussing texts that they have read, making inferences about the story they are reading to modelling correct language use.
As conscientious parents we always seek the best way to support our children with their reading and so some techniques you could try at home are:
- Share stories; give children exposure of concepts and environments through reading books. Reading helps children and parents bond: make it special; make it a routine; make it a memory.
- Question their ideas and views on books; dig deeper. Don’t be afraid to pause and wait for an answer or simply ask, ‘Why do you think that?’
- Encourage children to enjoy the creativity that develops from the enchanting world of books. Ask questions such as, ‘What would you do in that situation?’ or ‘What do you think the characters were thinking at this point in the story?’
- Make stories up with your child; ask them to share stories with you.
- Model reading as an adult for your own pleasure, enjoyment and escapism!
To help with these ideas, please remember that the school Library is open on Tuesday and Thursdays after school. Ms Kiss is available at these times to help guide and support you in choosing books for your children.
Have a wonderful weekend and treat yourself and your children to a good read!
by Chris Russell, Head of Primary