We are really looking forward to working with the children on their new topics for this half of term, and as part of that process they will be getting to grips with new Guided Reading texts.
Meanwhile, we continue with Accelerated Reader and I hope that the children are enjoying growing their sunflowers.
In order for the children to continue to progress with their reading, it is very important that they read at home on a regular basis. To that end, we are re-introducing Reading Diaries. A temporary version, to be used for this half of term, will be sent home with the children on Monday next week (7th March). We would like the children to read to an adult at least three times a week for 20 minutes (or an hour in total). This is the minimum amount of time they should spend reading, but should you and your child enjoy reading more regularly, please do encourage them to do so. Your child will earn a house point for every hour of reading at home that has been registered in their Reading Diary over the course of a week.
Each time your child reads, please record the book title, pages read, and sign the record. The record should be brought in to school every Monday to be checked by the teacher. You might find it easier to keep the record in their school bag and just take it out to sign it as and when they have read.
We appreciate that not all book titles are on Accelerated Reader, so the use of these Reading Diaries will also enable the teacher to see which other books your child is reading that are outside the scheme.
Can we also ask that you sit with your child when they take an Accelerated Reader test if possible? This is particularly important if they struggle with aspects of reading. Although they should take the test independently, your presence can help ensure that they don't rush or guess at too many answers. It is best that they take an Accelerated Reader test as soon as possible after finishing a book so that it is fresh in their minds.
A wide body of research suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. Additionally, reading directly impacts a child's ability to access all subjects across the curriculum. The government publication below details the importance of developing regular reading habits and enjoyment of reading for pleasure:https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/284286/reading_for_pleasure.pdf
Key findings The evidence on reading for pleasure Benefits of reading for pleasure: • There is a growing body of evidence which illustrates the importance of
Reading directly impacts the children's ability to access all subjects across the curriculum.We look forward to finding out all about what your child loves to read at home.
We do hope you continue to enjoy spending this time sharing books with your child. They should be encouraged to read both fiction and non-fiction, but most importantly they should be choosing titles that they enjoy.
The Reading Diaries are purely designed to record reading at home rather than to be used as a means of communication between parent and teacher. However, do let your teacher know if a child has particularly enjoyed a book, or has struggled accessing some literature. The school office should be used for any other communication with your child's teacher.