Reading at Riddings
At Riddings Infant and Nursery School, we LOVE to read! Stories and books are at the heart of everything we do and we hope that our children show you that when you visit our school. As a school, we believe that if we promote the love of reading, then our children will be eager and excited to learn the skills needed to master both word reading and language comprehension as well as value the importance of understanding and learning new vocabulary. Our aim is to ensure each child leaves our school with the skills needed to become life-long lovers of reading.
Each of our classrooms has a cosy book corner to encourage our children to share books with each other; we have a special library where you can snuggle down on the sofa with a book and of course, we LOVE having stories read to us in class each and every day!
As well as teaching RWI phonics daily to master word reading, we also base our planning for the term around a quality text, allowing the children to become familiar with a range of different authors, themes and genres throughout their time at Riddings. We use our core text to choose a range of complimentary texts to share in our Whole Class Reading sessions, to allow us to delve deeper into a text and use our comprehension toolkit to answer and ask questions.
Reading at Home
Reading regularly is vital to help develop your child as a reader. As part of our phonic and comprehension lessons, we hear our children read on a daily basis. We also hear individual readers on a one-to-one basis regularly throughout the week.
To help your child as much as possible, we ask that you hear your child read at least 4 times a week at home (although every night would be the ultimate goal!). Each week, your child will bring home a new RWI Book Bag Book which matches specifically to your child's phonic knowledge in school. They will also have access to the RWI Storybook being covered in their phonic lesson on their Oxford Owl user, should you wish to read this with them too. Although it may seem odd at first, asking your child to re-read the same book several times, this is what makes them a confident reader! This helps them to build up the pace and fluency to understand the text and answer questions; it helps them to use expression, thinking about how the characters may be talking or feeling; it makes them feel confident in reading and gives them a can-do attitude as well as building their sight-word bank then more times they see certain words or phrases.
To encourage as many children to read in school as possible, we give out raffle tickets to children who read at home! One read = one ticket, so the more times you read, the more tickets you get! The more tickets you get, the more chances you have of winning a prize!
At the end of each week, each class brings their raffle ticket box to our Star of the Week Assembly and we draw out a winner from each class! The winner gets a special certificate, some 'magic reading dust' and of course, a book to snuggle down with at home with their grown up!