Children can learn a lot about reading before they come to school and are formally taught. Young children learn about reading when
- they see people reading books, magazines, newspapers etc.
- they notice print in the environment
- they own books
- they are read to regularly and can talk about the story and predict what might happen
- they are encouraged to look at books and try to read for themselves
- they say rhymes and poems off by heart and sing songs
We would like children coming into school to
- have had stories read to them
- have enjoyed sharing books with others
- have handled books on their own
- have an awareness of print around them
- have some idea of what reading and writing is
- have had the opportunity to draw and write with various materials
- have confidence and look forward to learning to read
Strategies used in teaching a child to read
Children use many strategies when reading. Phonics or “sounding” a word out is the most important stage and we teach a scheme of work for synthetic phonics in our school as recommended by the recent ‘Rose’ report. They also learn to use visual memory - that is looking at a word and remembering it. Children also learn when reading a good story. If the story makes sense and holds his/her interest the child can gather clues from the text and the pictures, making logical guesses about unknown vocabulary.
Helping your child progress with reading
Once children have started to read they will make better progress if you can help them by reading with them daily.