Reading at Randwick
Randwick Loves Reading!
Reading for Pleasure is the single most important indicator of a child’s future success.
Reading for pleasure is surely the entitlement of every child – makes such a big difference and we absolutely love it here at Randwick. It is such a wonderful pleasure; you can be transported to distant lands, marvel at amazing illustrations or discover monsters hiding between the pages.
All the staff and library volunteers have a considerable knowledge of children’s literature and other texts. We have created wonderful spaces for reading in our classrooms and our “Book Nook” in the playground, we reading aloud daily (in our most animated voices), we talk about books and stories and have independent reading time. Our teachers are readers and are part of the Reading Teachers: Reading Pupils Scheme in partnership with Cheltenham Festivals
Randwick Reading Children
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading” Jane Austin
The children at Randwick agree with Jane Austin, there is a special place for books and literature in the school.
“I love reading first thing in the morning” Year 6 girl
“When Mrs Donaldson read The Colour Monster it was lovely” Year 1 child
“Our class reader is Kensuke’s Kingdom. I love Stella the dog” Year 5 child
Reading is better together.
Parents and the home is where it all starts, and hopefully never ends. Sharing a good book is the greatest pleasure and a shared experience will always be worth it for everyone involved.
Randwick’s Top Tips to get Reading with a Child of Any Age
Always hard to find, but that 10 minutes will be so enjoyable that it will be worth it
Find somewhere quiet without any distractions (mobile phones away) Cuddle up together knowing that for 10 minutes they have your full attention.
Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters. Even a choice between 3 books makes them feel responsible and means they are more likely to engage with the book.
Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages. It should feel like a special time of the day!
If there are pictures, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
Talk, Talk, Talk
Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel.
Fun, Fun, Fun
It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don't be afraid to use funny voices – your child will love this!
When does it start?
The love of books and stories, sharing adventures and reading skills starts from day one as they enter Foundation Stage and this continues all the way through to Year Six.
Phonics is the knowledge of letters and the sounds they make. At Randwick CofE School, phonics is taught through the 'Letters and Sounds' programme. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, actions are taught to help the children remember the sounds from Jolly Phonics.
The children are taught the skills of blending sounds together to read words and segmenting the sounds in a word and choosing the correct letters needed to spell it.
The children work on the Letters and Sounds programme from phases 1-6, according to the phase of 'Letters and Sounds' they are working on. Sessions last 15-20 minutes and are taught daily.
Our phonics work is carefully tracked for each individual child so that additional support can be given where needed.
If you need any further information regarding phonics, please speak to your child's teacher.
For some children, using a movement or action when saying a sound or phoneme, helps them to remember it. This document will support parents and carers with some of the actions we use at school.
Phonics at Home
There are lots of games and activities that can help to support your child in learning to use their phonics knowledge. The link to the website below will provide lots of activities for you and your child to play together.
We understand that many adults refer back to the way in which they were taught when applying phonic pronunciations. https://www.focusonphonics.co.uk/acatalog/Sounds.html is a great website to give you the correct pronunciation of sounds as it is really important that they pronounced accurately.
Throughout the rest of the school we teach reading in a variety of ways. We hear children read individually (not just listening to them saying the sentences, but also asking questions to assess whether they understand what they are reading), have weekly guided reading sessions, reading comprehension sessions, shared reading during whole class guided reading sessions – this can be through any area of the curriculum, not just in English, exploring different text types through reading and discussing the features of each one, independent reading – where children choose books to read on their own, or with peers, from the classroom or the library and reading books are sent home for children to practise and consolidate their skills.
The children are assessed on a regular basis, using a variety of methods. The children will then have access to books, and activities in class, that reflect their individual needs.
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