Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at school.  Being a fluent reader is the key to lifelong learning and is given the highest priority at Craven, enabling the children to become competent readers and to develop a love of reading.

How reading is taught at Craven

We aim to foster a love of reading from your child’s first day with us.  The opportunities and provision for the teaching and learning of reading here at Craven are:

  • Phonics lessons: We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme to enable children to successfully decode words using synthetic phonics. A wide range of additional strategies are also employed across all classes to support those children who may struggle initially to master these skills.

  • Whole class reading sessions: Children are immersed in age appropriate, challenging texts, which are rich in vocabulary.  Through these sessions your child will develop comprehension strategies.

  • Fluency sessions: In these sessions, children build on their decoding skills and learn to read with increasing accuracy and expression.

  • Reading for pleasure:  We love to see our children picking up a book outside of their reading lessons for the sheer enjoyment of it!  This is something that we encourage daily here at Craven, as can be seen from the books regularly piled up on the children’s desks!

  • Reading through the curriculum: Reading is promoted through other subject areas and children use and apply their comprehension skills to high-quality texts in their other lessons.

  • Reading Events:  We host a range of events throughout the school year to promote reading and we love to have the whole family involved!  These events include:  The half-termly Reading Café, weekly Stay-and-Read sessions, Read-A-Book-Morning, World Book Day, Roald Dahl Day and visits from authors and the local library service.

How you can help your child with reading

The best way for children to make progress in reading is for the school and families to work together.  Children are given a reading book to take home along with a reading record for parents to make comments in and sign.  Children who read at least three times a week are “Regular Readers” and children receive stickers, certificates and prizes putting their reading miles in at home.

However, often it’s hard to know where to start with helping your child to become a confident and fluent reader.  The leaflet below will help answer some of your questions, as well as give you some advice and inspiration on how to help your child enjoy reading.  Your child’s reading experience is much more than the book they bring home from school, so below you’ll also find a list of recommended books for your child to read during their time at primary school

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