Reading at home
At Kingfisher Hall Primary Academy, we aim for all our children to become fluent, confident readers who are passionate about reading. Children who read regularly or are read to regularly can open the doors to so many different worlds! Reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners. We can achieve this together through:
• Read Write Inc, a programme to help your child learn to read
• Encouraging children to develop a love of books by reading to them daily; at home and at school
• Giving children access to a wide range of books at school and at home
You can find out more about how we teach reading in school here.
What is Read Write Inc?
Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics programme which helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write. The children are assessed by the RWI lead teacher and grouped according to their ability.
Small group phonics lessons are taught daily in Early Year and KS1 by trained staff and there are consistent expectations across the range of abilities. At the end of each half term the children are assessed to check on their progress and regrouped. We will support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day through high quality intervention using the RWI programme.
Children learn sounds in school which help them to read and write. They then practise these skills through reading their decodable phonics book and home reader matched to their ability at home, which are specifically pitched to both consolidate learning and provide challenge in an engaging and fun way!
Oxford Owl - a great free online resource for parents
Read Write Inc. is a popular phonics scheme. Like all phonics schemes, it teaches children the sounds in English, the letters that represent them, and how to form the letters when writing. Read Write Inc. Phonics includes reading books written using only the letters they have learnt at each level (and a small number of separately taught tricky words). The children will quickly feel confident and successful.
Here you can find lots of free resources to support your child’s learning.
Parents and carers can access 27 Read Write Inc. Phonics eBook titles for extra practice with their children at home, plus three Fresh Start Anthologies. 62 Speed Sound Practice Sheets are also available to download.
Parents will need to create a free account on Oxford Owl for Home to access the eBooks.
You can start here.
Why read to your child?
Ten great tips to encourage your child to read more
1. Create a Reading-Friendly Environment:
Set up a cozy reading corner in your home with comfortable seating, good lighting, and a variety of age-appropriate books within easy reach.
2. Be a Reading Role Model:
Let your child see you reading regularly. Children often imitate their parents, so if they see you enjoying books, they are more likely to develop a love for reading themselves.
3. Read Aloud Together:
Start reading aloud to your child from a young age. Even when they can read independently, continue this practice. It's a great way to bond and share stories.
4. Visit the Library:
Take regular trips to the local library with your child. Let them choose their own books and explore different genres and topics.
5. Set a Reading Routine:
Establish a daily reading routine, such as bedtime reading. Consistency helps build good reading habits.
6. Choose Age-Appropriate Books:
Ensure that the books you select are appropriate for your child's age and reading level. Ask librarians or teachers for recommendations if you're unsure.
7. Explore Different Genres:
Encourage your child to explore a variety of genres, including fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, and poetry. This can help them discover their reading preferences.
8. Discuss What You Read:
After reading, engage your child in discussions about the book. Ask questions about the characters, plot, and their favorite parts. This helps with comprehension and critical thinking.
9. Use Technology Wisely:
While digital devices can be helpful for reading, ensure that screen time is balanced with physical books. E-books and audiobooks can also be great options.
10. Celebrate Reading Achievements:
Celebrate your child's reading milestones, such as finishing a book, reaching a certain reading level, or participating in reading challenges. Positive reinforcement can motivate them to read more.
Remember that the goal is to make reading a fun and enjoyable activity for your child. By following these tips and fostering a positive reading environment at home, you can help your child develop a lifelong love for reading.