“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free" - Frederick Douglass
At Gorringe Park Primary our aim is for every child to not only develop the essential reading skills needed to access the curriculum, but to have the enthusiasm and confidence to become life long readers.
The reading scheme we use in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 is called ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ (fiction and non-fiction). The scheme of books are banded into colour levels, which relate to the level of difficulty of the text.
The books are also linked to the phonic sounds and ‘tricky words’ we teach in school. They provide a good opportunity for the children to practice and apply their phonic knowledge. For specific information about the sounds and words included in each book please see the inside cover of each text.
Reading at home is an essential way for children to develop their ability, confidence and passion for reading. The information below will provide you with further guidance about how you can work in partnership with the school to support your child’s reading development:
- Listen to and read with your child regularly, 10 minutes a day is better than a longer session once a week. It can help if a regular time is set aside so that it becomes part of a routine.
- Encourage your child to break unfamiliar words down into a series of sounds e.g. c-r-a-sh. Then try to read the word by blending the sounds together.
- Use the guidance at the beginning of the book to identify which sounds are a focus in the text e.g. ‘ai’ ‘ee’ and ‘igh’. Encourage your child to spot them as he/she reads.
- Look for clues in the pictures to help them guess what might happen next.
- Draw attention to punctuation marks and help your child to read with feeling, e.g. “HOORAY!” they shouted.
- Encourage your child to read a range of texts such as stories, newspapers, comics, labels, poetry, non-fiction, tickets, signs, leaflets etc.
- Visit your local library - a fantastic resource where your child can access a broad range of reading material.
- Log-on to 'Bug Club' and choose from an exciting selection of ebooks to read (matched to your child's reading ability).
- Ask questions about the text to develop your child’s understanding of what they have read. (Click on the link below for some example questions)