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Reading

Teaching Reading

Aims

• We aim to enable our pupils to read confidently, fluently, accurately and with understanding.

• We aim to employ a full range of reading cues - phonic, graphic, syntactic, contextual - to monitor, correct and make sense of their own reading.

• We aim to foster an interest in words and their meanings and to gain an appreciation of books from a variety of genres.

• We aim to enable the children to find books interesting, to read with enjoyment and to evaluate and justify their preferences.

• We aim to develop a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading.

• We aim to develop reading skills in tandem with those of writing, so that they may function in society, as literate adults and readers for life.

• We aim to create reading opportunities across all areas of the curriculum, to make it more meaningful and relevant to the children.

 

Enlivening Reading

 

The aim of our enlivening reading lessons is to expose pupils to a range of texts, including ones that they can identify with which are culturally diverse. Pupils are introduced to texts through the exploration of targeted vocabulary. Through further text exploration, we focus is on the key reading strategies: inferring, predicting, summarising, evaluating, making links/connections and questioning which support comprehension skills.

 

Bug Club

 

At Mount Stewarts, all our children are provided with a login for our online reading program. We encourage our children to log into their Bug Club account and read daily either independently or with an adult.  

 

What is Bug Club?

 

Bug Club is a finely levelled, phonically based online reading scheme with interactive activities. Each child has a personalized homepage where they'll find the e-Books they've been allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards. This ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them. The online reading world ensures children can access independent reading resources anywhere at any time. New books will be allocated regularly.

 

Bug Club books have a fantastic range of titles, which are graded into the same colour-coded Book Band levels that we use in school. Within each level, there is a carefully planned progression of books. This fine progression gives children plenty of opportunities to develop their reading skills and master each fine step while moving through the reading programme.

 

What is the best way to use Bug Club?


• Spend time hearing your child read or read a book with them if they are still developing their phonic skills. 
• Talk to your child about the book they have chosen. Challenge your child to be a book detective: look at the book cover and see if they can guess what the book will be about or what type of book it is
• Initially they may want to listen to the book and can do this by pressing on the speaker icon
• Now get your child to read the book (as you would do with their home reading book) getting them to use their different strategies like phonics, tricky words, and the context of the sentence.
• Re-read the book if necessary. Your child should be able to read it independently before they move onto the next book.
• Take time over each book to get the most learning from it.
• One or two books a week is plenty if they are done thoroughly and for children who are reading longer texts, they may need to spend a couple of weeks on one text. 

 

What can I do to help reading comprehension?

 

• Understanding the book is vital
• As you read together, talk about what is happening in the book, what might happen next, and anything that has puzzled them. Get your child to re-tell the main parts of the story, using the pictures as a prompt if they need it. When your child finishes a book, ask them whether they liked it or not and encourage them to explain why.
• Now would be a good time to do the activities linked to the book.
• Click on the bug icon. If they get it wrong, talk about the activity and have another go. Try to discourage guessing.

 

Getting more from electronic books

 

It is important that your child can read the books fluently and understand the information before they move on. If they race through they will not be ready for books from the next colour band and will struggle. This will really affect motivation.

 

If you don’t have access to a computer or prefer for your child not to use online reading they can still enjoy a hard copy of the books

 

How does the teacher know how my child is getting on?

 

The teacher is able to log on and see what books your child has accessed and how many attempts it has taken to get the answers to the activities correct.

 

If you are sure your child can read the books fluently write a note in your child’s reading diary and the teacher will select one of the books and get your child to read it to do a quick assessment as the next colour will be harder.

The Oxford Owl website has some useful information for parents to support pupils with their understanding of phonics. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
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