Reading at home
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home at least three times a week.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure.
Listen to them read their book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. After they have finished, talk about the book together. The main thing is that you have fun!
As long as everyone is enjoying themselves, there is no right or wrong way to read with your child.
In school we are focusing on reading fluency. If a child can read fluently, they can read the words without sounding them out, will read with expression and will ‘read’ the punctuation - pausing where’s there’s a full stop or a comma. If your child can read with appropriate expression, they are able to understand what they are reading and will enjoy it more. Below is a film of an adult reading with a child that you may find helpful. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy doing it together.
Talking about what you read with your child is an important part of sharing books at home. All book talk is good talk but if you get stuck with things to talk about or questions to ask this link will take you some questions you could use.
To ensure all children learn the alphabetic code necessary for successful reading we follow Little Wandle Letters and Sounds. Use this link to find out more about this programme and how we use it at Driffield Junior School.
What we learn and when
Reading, writing and speaking and listening are part of every subject at Driffield Junior School. Our exciting English curriculum enables children to learn and develop and practise basic skills by providing opportunities to read a rich and varied range of texts and to share learning, ideas and understanding through speaking and listening and writing opportunities across the curriculum.
Click here to find out what we learn in our reading and writing lessons. English Overview
A brief overview of how we develop fundamental skills so our children can become confident and fluent readers who love to read.
An overview of how we teach the basics of language and communication.
Children are taught the basic fundamentals of writing so they can communicate their thoughts and ideas across all subjects.
Grammar, punctuation and spelling