We are pleased to let you know that your children are now bringing home a shared reader and a book that they have already practised reading in class every Monday.
They are reading their books one week ahead to allow their books to rest before they come home and after they are returned to school.
Both shared readers (SR), reading books (ORT) and reading records should be returned to school on a Thursday to allow them to rest ready for the following week. Please sign the reading record to say you have been able to read together.
Please try your best to take some time to support your child with their reading. We understand that current circumstances mean that your child will not have their book at home for as long as previously and so we have decided to make reading practice / taking the time to talk about the book the main area of your child’s ‘set’ home learning for the time being. Additional learning activities that can be completed more flexibly will follow as we continue to settle into our new routines.
Reading Books (ORT) Advice
Build up your child’s confidence when they are reading, especially if they are tired! You have 3 nights and the reading can be spread over these to suit you.
If your child is finding a word, sentence or page difficult then it is always fine to read it to them to repeat in a way that will help them.
Encourage your child to read the book out loud, ensuring they are following each word with their finger.
Show your child how to join their sounds – p_a_t – pa_t – pat,
Spot rules together – sh, ch, th, wh, ai, ay, ee, ea, igh, y, oa, ow, oo, ew, oi, oy, ou, ow, au, aw – th_r_ew – threw
Help your child split larger words into smaller groups, this will help them to read with increased fluency i.e. Kipper Kip-per (sound out each section and then join them back up.)
Point out punctuation (. , ? ! “”) and discuss how to use these. When you spot an ! ask your child how they think the character is feeling and reread the sentence using expression.
Look out for key words – point out tricky words that can’t be joined together and challenge your child to spot if they appear again within the book or other books.
You might awant to take it in turns to read a page or a sentence to gradually build your child up to reading their whole book.