At Grange Primary School, we believe reading underpins all aspects of learning. Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
We encourage a love of reading in a number of different ways:
Every child from Year 1 upwards takes part in guided reading activities in class in our daily Guided Reading session each morning. Children work in groups to read and understand texts appropriate for their reading ability. Regular reading and discussion of the text read are vital in developing children’s decoding, reading and comprehension skills.
Each class has a different class reader each term. This book can be used for both shared and guided reading. The books are rotated each term so that every class in a year group gets to enjoy every book. We have been able to purchase 16 copies of each book which means the children can share one between two in reading sessions. The list of books used can be accessed here: GRANGE PRIMARY SCHOOL CLASS READERS 2016
So that you can borrow a copy from the library or purchase a copy for your child if you wish. Teachers have chosen the books based on what they know the children enjoy, as well as their knowledge of authors and high quality writing.
Every child is expected to read to an adult at home for at least 15 minutes every day using their banded home reading book from school. You should try to ask your child questions about what they are reading to develop their reading and comprehension skills. Further guidelines about supporting your child with reading can be found here: Book band explanation for parents
Children’s home reading records will be checked daily by their class LSA and their banded books changed if necessary. The child in each class who reads the most books at home within a half term will be rewarded with a gold certificate, the top reader in each year group will receive a £10 book token.
We are currently in the process of creating a wonderful, new library space for the children to enjoy. This will be a calm, quiet environment where children can develop a love of reading. Classes will have a scheduled time to visit the library where they will be able to borrow additional books on top of their banded book. We hope the library will be ready for use by the end of the Spring Term.
In Spring Term we will be selecting two Reading Ambassadors from each class. Their job will be to champion reading within their class and encourage by example. They will promote favourite books by writing exciting book reviews and will also work as mini-librarians to support the class LSA and the school.