Promoting a Love of Reading
At Farnborough Grange, reading is at the heart of our curriculum. We recognise the importance of developing a love of reading within our children and the benefits that it has on their progress across the curriculum. As a staff team, we are constantly seeking ways innovative ways that promote a love of reading.
Each classroom has an inviting and dedicated area for the children to enjoy reading a book. The class teacher provides a range of different opportunities for the children to use the book corner and it is filled with a fantastic range of books from a variety of genres.
We are excited to announce that our library is being refurbished during October half term (2022). We have been busy organising the new layout and have ordered lot so of new engaging books for the children to share.
When the library is fully operational, the children will visit each week and be able to spend some time sharing books together and choosing a book for pleasure to take home and share with their families.
Story Time Assemblies
We really enjoy having our weekly 'Story Time Assemblies'. It is a time when all children come together to listen to a range of stories. The assemblies are led by a different member of staff from across the school each week who shares their favourite story with the children.
Each term we set a different reading challenge for the whole school and nursery to join in with. In the past we have hosted a 'Winter Warmer' event whereby the children stayed after school and curled up in their pyjamas to share a book. Afterwards they enjoyed a nice warm cup of hot chocolate! Our favourite Reading Challenge has been the Reading Bingo, whereby there are up to nine different reading challenges (such as reading to the oldest member of their family).
Reading at School
Throughout the week each child will read many times. This maybe on a 1:1 basis or in a small group. Every Read Write Inc lesson incorporates opportunities for reading, and enables the teachers to support your child with their next steps to help them improve.
From Reception to Year 1, the children follow this order of reading book levels and each child will make it through them at their own pace.
Helping your child read at home
We know that learning to read is often one of the first things a parent/ carer worries about when their child starts school. Learning to read has changed a lot over the last few years and happens differently in different countries. At Farnborough Grange we use the Read, Write Inc phonics and reading scheme and our teaching of reading follows this.
To help support you at home we have provided a couple of ideas and questions to help your child as they progress below. Please remember that every child's reading journey is different and their class teacher will be able to provide tailored advice to help you support this through the communication in their Reading Record.