As we all know, reading is a vital skill that all children need to learn, develop and enjoy.
Reading teaches children about the world around them. Through reading, they learn about people, places and events outside their own experience. Reading improves a child's vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the child's ability to write well.
A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language skills. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.
'Reading feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.'
Our 'Rainforest' library
- In class we use a variety of reading books to support their whole class guided reading and sustained silent reading.
- For the children to home to read they have access to a range of different reading schemes which includes: Phonics Bug, Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Big Cat. This gives the children a wide choice and range of readers as well as having access to ebooks.
- Children have access to Accelerated reader which they use to complete quizzes on books they have read.
- Children have access to Purple Mash and Serial Mash to read online books at home.
Your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reader™ (AR™) program. The guide below is designed to answer your questions about AR. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or visit the Accelerated Reader website at www. renlearn.co.uk.
Parent Information on Accelerated Reader
Children can access on-line reading opportunities with their Purple Mash logins.
Serial Mash is an online library of fiction books for children. Its purpose is to inspire children to read for pleasure. New books are added at the beginning of each half-term and released in a serial format to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The main library is aimed at children aged 7-11 years old but we also have some books aimed at KS1 children.
Children should click on the Serial Mash button on the Home Screen. New books are added at the start of each half-term.
o Children get the KS2 books a chapter at a time.
o New chapters are released on Mondays.
o Each KS2 book is designed to last the length of the half term in which it is released.
o KS1 books have 5 chapters each.
o The back library of books is accessible at any time in a non-serialised manner so children can go back and read the books again.
Attached below are links to a website with suggested reading material for each year group. There are so many fantastic books for us to share with our children, including some old favourites and a few new titles that will hopefully grab their attention.
Magazines and newspapers for children
The above is only a list of suggestions and certainly not the only books available. Reading is very personal and subjective therefore some of the suggested books may be more or less appropriate for your child depending on their likes/ dislikes and level of understanding.
Please make time to read with your child as often as possible because as a child grows up, being able to read not only enables them to discover new facts and to learn at school, but also opens them up to a world of new ideas, stories and opportunities.
Use this link to access a 'Bookfinder' - a useful tool for helping your child choose their next book.
Dads and reading
Fun Activities/ Quizzes
25 Activities for Reading and Writing FunSome suggestions for you to try with your children to make reading and writing a fun and interactive experience.