Reading at Reedham

We beleive that reading will enable all learners to access the full broad and balanced curriculum opportunities we provide at Reedham. We aim to inspire reading for pleasure for life-long learning.

  • Reading is prioritised to allow all pupils to access the full curriculum offer.
  • A rigorous and sequential approach to the reading curriculum develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading. At all stages, reading attainment is assessed and gaps are addressed quickly and effectively for all pupils. Reading books connect closely to the phonics knowledge pupils are taught when they are learning to read.
  • The sharp focus on ensuring that younger children and those at the early stages of reading gain phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read, and the skills to communicate, gives them the foundations for future learning.
  • Language comprehension and composition are developed by talking, listening to and talking about stories, and by learning poetry and songs from and early age.
  • decoding and encoding can be taught through a systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programme.

In Spring 2022, we started to introduce the exciting new Letters and Sounds reading programme called ‘Little Wandle’ in Heron class. Mrs Bethell and her team are working hard to implement this new scheme to teach phonics.

For more information please follow the link below

How can parents help at home

It is vital children have support at home, as parents you are your child’s first teacher! There are only so many minutes in the day and the more children read the more proficient they will become; and the more accessible their learning across the curriculum will be. We cannot stress enough how important your role is to model reading and enjoy it at home with your child – it really does open doors.

Here are some Little Wandle resources to support your child’s phonics learning. Please do speak to a member of staff if you have any further questions about how you can support reading at home,

Reading at home with your child doesn’t stop once they can decode the words and read them as a whole. Like any skill it needs to be practised and maintained, to achieve understanding and fluency. Please take a look at the resources below to help your child to improve their comprehension skills when reading.

Here are some interesting research articles about the importance of reading at home.

https://literacytrust.org.uk/blog/reading-children-so-powerful-so-simple-and-yet-so-misunderstood/

https://literacytrust.org.uk/research-services/research-reports/children-and-young-peoples-reading-in-2019/

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/284286/reading_for_pleasure.pdf

https://www.pearson.com/uk/learners/primary-parents/learn-at-home/help-your-child-to-enjoy-reading/why-is-reading-so-important.html

https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/study-finds-benefits-of-childs-home-library.html