At The British School Warsaw, we fully support this statement, and I myself have said this during parent meetings and workshops. Reading with your child can take many different forms, including: reading to them, listening to them read, reading a well known book together, or even reading a book in your home language. The reason we strongly believe it is so important is because reading impacts every single area of their school life and beyond. Research has shown that reading to and with your child has a significant positive impact on, not only their reading skills, but also their success in their career later in life . In school, children need strong reading skills to access all areas of the curriculum, from reading problems in mathematics to researching topics in IPC.
What does reading look like at TBS Warsaw?
At school, we focus on reading in different ways. We have Guided Reading lessons where the whole class reads the same text and children learn how to answer different types of questions about what they have read. In our English lessons, the children learn how to recognise and use the features of different types of texts, including the language and structure that is used. At home, we ask the children to use Bug Club and their levelled reading books to improve their fluency in reading aloud. We also encourage the children to spend time reading for pleasure where they can choose a book they want to read and immerse themselves in the story!
Our students were asked if they think reading is important and this is what they said...
Yes we definitely do because it gives you a lot of information. I like to have different knowledge whenever I can.
Yes because it gives you knowledge, interesting vocabulary and ideas for English lessons
Yes, if you will be big then you need to read in a job. You need to read so you have lots of knowledge so when you are older you know more things.
Yes because when you read, you learn new words and when we write, we can add more detail and the reader can imagine it in more detail. If you want to be an engineer or something you have to know how to read.
Year 5 Teacher
Assistant Head, Core Curriculum Leader