At Hillbrook, reading is given the highest priority. Developing a passion for reading and an appreciation of the written language is vital in order for children to become independent learners and achieve in all areas of the curriculum. We want children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers, who appreciate the importance of reading as a life-long skill in the wider world, but also value books as a source of pleasure and enjoyment.
We teach and raise the profile of reading through a variety of means:
- Structured guided reading sessions from Year 1 to Year 6
- Phonics is taught daily from Nursery to Year 3
- Core texts, which relate to the class’ current curriculum theme, form the basis of Curriculum planning
- Reading skills are applied in all subjects such as science and RE
- Reading buddies are in action from Nursery – Year 6
- Stories are shared across year groups, in assemblies and at the end of the day in class
- Children are given opportunities to share their own stories that they’ve written
- Special reading events such as ‘World Book Week’, storytelling sessions, Book Fairs, visiting authors and poets, and competitions such as ‘Extreme Reading’
- One to one reading with staff, parents and volunteer reader helpers.
- Library visits
- Learning Environments that promote and encourage reading
Reading at Home
We understand that parents play a key role in encouraging their child to develop a positive attitude to reading. Children love to listen to and tell their own stories; talking about books and sharing them together can be an enjoyable experience for all involved.
Foundation Stage and KS1: Parents should read with their child for about 10 minutes each day. At this age, little and often is most effective. We believe it is important that children are exposed to a range of texts; for this reason we use a variety of reading schemes for home/school reading books. Teachers and teaching assistants ensure that the level of the book the child takes home is appropriate and carefully monitor the amount children are reading at home.
KS2: Children in KS2 should read for 15-20 minutes every day. Teachers and teaching assistants ensure that the level of the book the child takes home is appropriate and carefully monitor the amount children are reading at home. As with younger children, it is vital that children practise their reading at home by being heard by an adult or older sibling. This is just as important for older children who are decoding texts fluently – they may be able to read the words, but they also need opportunities to discuss the meaning of the texts they are reading as often as possible.
Home Reading Records
Every child from Nursery to Year 6 has their own home reading record. We ask for your support in filling out a home reading record that indicates you have listened to or read with your child.