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Reading is fundamental to education

Our vision at Gunthorpe Primary is that all pupils quickly become confident, fluent readers.

At school, we will support your child by reading to and with them regularly. At home, we ask that you listen to your child read 5 times a week. We have found that ten minutes a day of one-to-one reading with an adult at home cane make a positive difference to your child.

In school, we have fantastic ranges of books and mediums for your child to access. We also use a range of diverse texts in our lessons where each child has their own copy to look through and read along with.

Reading in EYFS and KS1

In EYFS and Y1 the children work through the Jolly Phonics Readers. In Year 2 the children continue through the coloured bands depending on their ability and fluency.

“The Jolly Phonics Readers are a series of decodable reading books which provide the best start for children just starting to read. At every stage the words are within the reach of the children as they use their letter sound knowledge and tricky words already taught. Each level of the readers builds on knowledge and skills previously learned so that they are able to practise blending until it is an automatic response to working out new words.” (Jolly Learning Website)

Reading in KS2

Most children in KS2 will move onto the Accelerated Reader Scheme. This scheme works on reading age, so the books will match the child’s reading ability. We have a huge variety of books (including fiction and non-fiction) across all the levels which children can choose from. In this scheme, there is a book quiz linked to each book so that once the children have read their book they can take a book quiz.

If your child is a developing reader and in KS2 they will receive a KS2 phonically decodable book suitable to their level.

The children will complete the quizzes in school, and we ask that children in KS2 bring their reading book into school daily, so that they can continue reading the same text in school.

Ways to support your child:

  • Read a wide range of texts regularly with your child at home and question them on what has been read – this will help to increase their reading speed and vocabulary knowledge.
  • Read a range of texts – you don’t have to be limited to written stories, try listening to audiobooks in the car or at bedtime, or read newspapers aimed at children, like ‘First News.’
  • Visit the local library! This will help children to build a love for reading, choosing books they are interested in, and discussing books they have and have not enjoyed.