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Reading Information
-Shared at Curriculum Information Evening

Miss Dooley and Ms Rowe shared some information about how reading is taught in school and ways you can support your child with reading

Click below for the PPT presentations


(From Early Reading Framework)The reading framework - teaching the foundations of literacy (

'The reading and writing of Standard English, alongside proficient language development, is the key to unlocking the rest of the academic curriculum. Pupils who struggle to read struggle in all subjects and the wonders of a knowledge-rich curriculum passes them by unread. Fluency of reading is also a key indicator for future success in further education, higher education and employment

Children do not just ‘become’ readers and reading engagement is not possible if children struggle with the basic mechanics of reading. Fluency and enjoyment are the result of careful teaching and frequent practice. Ensuring children become fluent and engaged readers at the very earliest stages also helps avoid the vicious circle of reading difficulty and demotivation that makes later intervention more challenging.'

Everybody loves a good story. Even small children who have difficulty focusing in class will sit with rapt attention in the presence of a good storyteller. But stories are not just fun. There are important cognitive consequences of the story format. Our minds treat stories differently than other types of material. People find stories interesting, easy to understand, and easy to remember.

Creating a love of reading in children is potentially one of the most powerful ways of improving academic standards.


There can be few better ways to improve pupil’s chans in school, or beyond in the wider world, than to enable them to become truly independent readers.


We want children to learn how to read AND we want them to ENJOY reading.


Within every classroom we have a range of diverse and appealing books to appeal to all.  Children are aware of where to find books that are appropriate to their level of reading competence.


KEY MESSAGES- How to help your child at home

OAK ASH- Talking, singing, rhyming, reading!

  • Read stories and nursery rhymes

  • Talk about the book – see the handout for support

  • Sing songs

  • Listen to your child read their decodable books (the same book MUST be read more than once, ideally until they are fluent)

  • Make sure you are pronouncing the sounds correctly.

  • Just talk about anything and everything!

  • Nearer the time, we will give out fun games and activities for the children in year 1 to assist them with their phonics screening.


  • Make sure adults are seen reading and have books available in your home.

  • Talk about books and reading.

  • Sit and listen.

  • Respect choices.

  • Encourage you child to read – at any time!

  • Visit the library.

  • Explore different types of books; classic fiction, chapter books, short stories, joke books, poetry, non-fiction.

  • Shared reading-read your favourite book, or your child’s current favourite book to them.

  • Read slowly, with expression, mood and tone. Use different voices for characters. Ensure they read to punctuation marks.

  • Talk about what is happening and what might happen next.

  • Leave the story on a cliff-hanger!


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