Reading at Southfield
Reading at Southfield
At Southfield Primary school we encourage children to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in and to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.
We are a real reading community. All classes have regular allocated sessions for teachers to read aloud to them. All classrooms have attractive reading areas and we have a brand new, state of the art library to encourage and motivate children to read for pleasure. We ensure that we have a wide range of reading materials available for all children including comics, newspapers, electronic books on Ipads and hold a Reading Buddies session every fortnight in which children from different classes buddy up to share books together. Our classrooms celebrate reading and books with attractive displays. We strongly believe that reading feeds children’s imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. We focus on both word reading and comprehension in order to develop children’s ability to read and in their first few years there is a big emphasis on phonics for early readers. We choose high quality texts that we can dig down deep into with children and the children enjoy learning about different authors.
This year our Year Six children have attended the Doncaster Book Awards, a group of Key Stage 2 children have recently met the illustrator from the Horrible History books and our Year 5 and 6 children are looking forward to taking part in a Shakespeare workshop based around a Midsummer Night’s Dream in January, which they will then perform to parents. In Key Stage One and Two, children sit reading assessments on a half-termly basis and children who underperform on these tests are then catered for with interventions and additional reading.
Helping your child with reading
Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.
Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.
Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.
Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:
• Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.
• Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
• Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
• Buy dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language - you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
• Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
• Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.
On Thursday 27th April the author Daniel Blythe visited our school to work with children in Key Stage Two. Daniel talked to all of the children about his books and what motivated him to become a writer in the first place. Following this Daniel carried out a writing workshop with Year Four. It was a most enjoyable and inspirational morning.