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Reading At Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School there is a strong partnership between home and school, which makes our reading successful. Children benefit from both reading to an adult and listening to an adult read to them. Parents who set time aside each day for this to happen will clearly see the benefits in their child. The more time children spend enjoying reading, the more confident they become and the more they want to do it. Reading helps children access the curriculum, increase their vocabulary and feed their imagination. Reading at home In Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children take home books each week to read to their parents. Books are organised into coloured book bands and this provides a clear structure to support their progression. A variety of ‘real’ books and reading scheme books including Oxford Reading Tree, Pearson Bug Club and Rigby Star, are incorporated into this banding system. There are also on-line Bug Club books available for the children to read at home. Parents are expected to listen to their child read every day and make a short comment in their child’s reading record. In Key Stage 2 children choose a book from the class reading area to read in school and at home. At home, children are expected to read and make a comment in their homework diary every day. Parents need to support, monitor and encourage their child’s reading at home, as well as make a comment in the homework diary every week. Comprehension Once children have become fluent readers the emphasis moves onto comprehending the text. Children use punctuation in the text to help them read with understanding, expression and intonation. They enjoy retelling stories, sequencing and predicting events and talking about the characters. As children get older, they are able to express their own preferences and opinions showing a deeper understanding of text. They learn to make inferences, show empathy for characters and answer questions by referring to specific parts of a text. Each week at Saint Joseph’s children do guided reading. Children read in small groups with an adult using a text appropriate to their age and ability. The session has a clear learning objective and it involves children reading, answering questions and discussing the text.
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