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Reading

Our class books this term are...

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

The story of a boy who fell into a book . . . with a guest appearance from the Little Bad Wolf.

From Children's Laureate Lauren Child.

Now if you were going to fall into a book, a book of fairy tales would probably not be your first choice. Because in every story there is always a wicked this, an evil that or a hungry somebody. It could only happen to Herb, child star of that thrilling tale, Beware of the Storybook Wolves.

Equally loved by children young and old, this brilliantly original picture book is perfect for sharing together. From the creator of the award-winning, bestselling Charlie and Lola series. Open it if you dare!

Not Now Bernard!

Bernard's parents are so busy doing their own thing, that the monster can eat Bernard's dinner, break his toys, and even eat Bernard, without being noticed!

We will also be reading a selection of traditional and fairy tales throughout the term as well.

  • Goldilocks and The Three Bears
  • Cinderella
  • Hansel and Gretel
  • Puss in Boots
  • The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
  • The True story of the three little pigs
  • The wolf’s Story ( Little Red Riding Hood)

We will continue to focus on comprehension but also how fluent the children are when they are reading allowed.

Fluency 

The ability to read or write at a comfortable pace without undue hesitation which could impact on meaning or understanding.

What is Fluency?

Fluency is the ability to read, write or speak at a comfortable pace without undue hesitation which could impact on meaning or understanding. Fluency is a key component of the English curriculum at both KS1 and KS2, and developing fluency is crucial for child development. Fluency is split into three main components, reading, writing and speaking fluency.

 

What is Reading Fluency?

Reading fluency is the ability to read with pace and accuracy. To allow children to understand what they are reading they must be able to read fluently, both aloud and silent. Fluency is a crucial cornerstone of reading, and educators have acknowledged the importance of supporting and developing a child’s ability to read fluently. Whilst reading aloud children will read in phases and use correct intonation if they are fluent. Children will sound awkward when reading aloud if they struggle with reading. Developing fluency is crucial to allow students to cope with the increase in the length and complexity of texts as they progress through the national curriculum.

 

How can I tell if my child is struggling with their reading fluency?

Your child may verbally profess their dislike with reading, complaining about the time it takes them to read. They may also read aloud slowly and with no expression, or need to move their mouth whilst reading silently. A common sign is when a child can read individual words well but struggles to read sentences or short paragraphs quickly.

 

How can I help my child develop reading fluency?

It’s really important to help your child develop their ability to read fluently so here are three top tips to help your child develop their fluency:

  • Read, Read, Read and Read again. The key to fluency is developing muscle memory for words, read with your child developing their familiarity with tricky words, phrases and vocabulary.
  • Find books that engage your child, reading should be interesting and if a book entertains your child they are more likely to persevere. One sentence of happy writing is worth more than a book of frustration.
  • Ask your child to follow their reading with a pen or finger. This is as children find decoding phases easier when they don’t lose their place as they read along with a piece of text.

HOME READING

Please encourage your child to read daily a home, even their school books or listening to stories read to them by yourselves. Record when your child reads, in their reading record book. We try to check these on Mondays, and Fridays and all books are changed on Fridays. 

If your child has read 5 times at home then they earn a raffle ticket which gets entered into a chance to win a reading book and a certificate during celebration collect worship on Fridays. 

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