Reception and KS1
Teaching children to read involves a close partnership between parents and school – each have an important role to play.
At Our Lady and St Oswald’s, your child will be supported with their reading through a variety of methods including :
·Daily phonics teaching
·Timetabled guided reading sessions where children work in small reading groups
·1:1 reading with an adult
·Opportunities to apply their reading skills across all subject areas
We also use The Bug Club which is a finely-levelled reading scheme, which ensures that children will have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books which will engage and challenge them at a level appropriate to them. These are the books that your child brings home on a regular basis. Most books (except for play scripts) are also accompanied by a homework activity which enables your child to engage at an even deeper level with their reading and ensure that they are developing their comprehension skills too.
The success of this scheme though depends largely on your support as a parent, so the following advice might help you and your child make the most of your time when sharing the Bug Club books your child brings home.
Bug Club Books
Inside every book there are notes to help you make the most of reading with your child. The notes identify difficult words with which children may need help and give ideas and strategies to help you feel confident that you know how best to help. For older children, the notes are intended to deepen each child’s understanding of the book. They provide background information about the time or place the book was written or sometimes information about the author or illustrator.
On the inside back cover the notes suggest puzzles and challenges that help children think about their reading. These include ‘Find it!’ activities that encourage children to revisit the text; ‘Share it!’ tasks that may involve making or writing something and other tasks that offer ideas for further reading.
In addition to this specific advice, related to Bug Club books, we also think that the following article – 10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read – provides valuable pointers as to how you and your child can enjoy and benefit from your reading time together.