Learning to read.....reading to learn
At St.Antony's we believe every child should have the opportunity to become an enthusiastic and independent reader. We want all children to have an interest in, and a love of, books and we want them to be attentive listeners and have a lifelong love of reading.
We do this through providing many opportunities for our children to access high quality upto date fiction and non-fiction books , plays, poetry anthologies, newspapers and magazines.
Each year group works towards meeting the expected levels in reading as outlined in the National Curriculum.
Our children develop their reading skills through a number of taught lessons and individualised learning programmes.
Through daily small group Guided Reading lessons children are taught to the skills required to read a text fluently. Phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading and as the children's word reading becomes more accomplished the emphasis is on comprehension skills. As children progress through school their comprehension and inference skills are developed through critical thinking and high quality discussion.
Some of our children also access more individualised reading programmes, such as Guided Talk, 1:1 Reading, Better Reading and Read Write Inc groups. Also children can access online resources to improve their reading skills. Each child has their own Reading Eggs password.
Reading at home is so valuable to a child's confidence, fluency, understanding and enjoyment of reading. Listening to your child read or sharing a book together regularly, is very important. It is staggering to see the real difference time spent reading at home can make.
Children are encouraged to use our school library and have their reading books changed in school weekly.
There are lots of ways you can support your child at home, please speak to your child's class teacher for more ideas. You could try some of these websites at home or pick a book from the book list to read with your child.
On November 28th 2018, the Reading Ambassadors went on a trip to Blackburn Library. We went on a special tour and looked at books that were hundreds of years old! We explored the children's library and talked about our favourite literature...we finished the morning with a visit to a cafe for hot chocolate and brownies while we talked about books!