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Reading

At Lingey House Primary School we believe that reading is one of the most important things that your child will learn at school. Every subject depends on reading so it is vital that we promote the importance of reading to enable children to become successful learners. As a school we have invested a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm into reading, underpinned by a rich book environment that promotes a life-long love for reading. One of our key aims is to ensure that pupils are taught to read to enable them to not only become independent learners and love books but also to enable them to access the wider curriculum. 

Phonics

 

Our approach to teaching reading is based on the emphasis of developing early reading skills through phonics. Letters and Sounds is the resource we use at Lingey House to support the systematic teaching of phonics. Children begin the Letters and Sounds programme with informal teaching in Nursery and are taught daily through to Key Stage One. When the children are secure with each phase, they will begin the next phase and progress through each phase until they reach phase 6. Usually children will have secured their knowledge of phonics by the time they reach Year 2 where they will begin to explore spelling patterns.

 

If you would like to know which phase your child is working on, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

 

Phonics Glossary

 

blending

Blending is the skill of joining sounds together to read words. Children are taught to say the separate sounds in a word and to then blend them together to decode the word.

 digraph

 A digraph is a sound that is represented by two letters e.g. the sound 'a' in rain is represented by the digraph 'ai'.

grapheme

A grapheme is a visual representation of a sound e.g. a letter or a group of letters.

Some sounds are represented by a single letter whilst others are represented by more than one letter.

 phoneme

 A phoneme is a unit of sound e.g. the word 'cat' contains three phonemes; c - a - t.

 segmenting

 Segmenting is the opposite of blending. Children are taught to segment a word into its separate sounds in order to spell it.

 split digraph

 A split digraph is a digraph that is separated by other letters e.g. the sound 'a' in the word take is represented by the split digraph a-e.

Developing a Love of Reading

 

At Lingey House we want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves because they enjoy it. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as learning to read. We strongly believe that reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children so we ensure a regular restock of our well-resourced library with an extensive selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. As well as exposing our children to a wide range of texts in school, we have developed links with our local library. Each class visits the library each half term. We run regular reading competitions and take part in events such as World Book Day.

 

Our approach to reading is based on developing the essential reading skills through phonics. Once this has been embedded we then extend and develop our children's reading skills. We dedicate three weekly reading sessions to focus entirely on the teaching of reading, during which time the children are given a range of activities that take forward their learning, comprehension and fluency skills. During these sessions, children will read a range of classical and modern fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts with a good level of complexity. This is to ensure children's comprehension skills are being challenged and to expose children to a range of texts so they can become well-rounded readers. We also dedicate time daily to Accelerated Reading. If you would like to know more about Accelerated Reading please visit  https://www.renaissance.com/products/accelerated-reader/explore/ 

 

Pupils' reading is formally assessed regularly using Star Reading and key performance indicators to identify their progress. This produces data which gives a reading age and a zone of proximal development (ZPD) for each child. This indicates which book band colour the children should be choosing from and which Accelerated Reading book is the right level to be reading. Children choose their own reading books from Year 1 onwards to suit their interests.

 

We aim to develop a love of reading and therefore encourage our pupils to take books home and share them with you. Children need to be able to read with understanding, for pleasure and information. We have found that just ten minutes of one-to-one reading at home with an adult can make a huge difference to the children. Therefore we ask you to include this as part of daily homework each evening, stating what has been read in the reading record. For more support on how to help your child with their reading, please see the downloadable resources below.

Online Reading

Below are some websites you can use to access free online reading resources.

 

Read free e-books using the following link. Just register and read. Enjoy! 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ 

 

Click on the link to read books for all ages. Which one is your favourite? Why?

http://www.magickeys.com/books/

 

A fantastic website with games and activities to do.

http://www.wordsforlife.org.uk/

 

Click here to access a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books to read.

https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html?usertoken=Mjk5MzQ6MTpJUjA5MjAxNjoyOmNsaWVudDE2OTc6MTY5NzoyMjE2Mjg4OjE6MTU4NDM4MDExMzA2Mjp1cw==

 

Test your knowledge of books from Harry Potter to Roald Dahl books. Good Luck!

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/

 

Another free website with e-books.

https://manybooks.net/search-book?field_genre%5B14%5D=14

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