At Pinkwell Primary School, we believe reading underpins all aspects of learning. Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
We encourage a love of reading in a number of different ways:
Every child from Year 1 upwards takes part in guided reading activities in class in our daily Guided Reading session each morning. Children work in groups to read and understand texts appropriate for their reading ability. Regular reading and discussion of the text read are vital in developing children’s decoding, reading and comprehension skills.
Each class has a different class reader each term. This book can be used for both shared and guided reading. The books are rotated each term so that every class in a year group gets to enjoy every book. Teachers have chosen the books based on what they know the children enjoy, as well as their knowledge of authors and high quality writing.
Every child is expected to read to an adult at home for at least 15 minutes every day using their banded home reading book from school. You should try to ask your child questions about what they are reading to develop their reading and comprehension skills. Children’s home reading records will be checked daily by their class LSA and their banded books changed if necessary.