Learning to Read at Cadland Primary School
Reading is the most important skill that children must master during their time at primary school. Reading opens up the doors to the whole world of learning. At Cadland, our primary goal is to make sure that every child learns to read well.
We use a reading scheme called Read Write Inc. It is a systematic phonics and reading programme which is great fun and very pacey. Our success in teaching this programme has led to us being a Model School, where staff from other schools come and see Reading taught at its very best.
Our children in years R, 1, 2 and 3 are organised into small ability groups for Reading and have a Read Write Inc lesson for the first hour of each morning. Children are regularly assessed by our Read Write Inc Manager and move from one group to another as they progress. Any child who requires additional help is given extra 1:1 tutoring in the afternoons from one of our Read Write Inc Tutors.
There is no doubt that children who read regularly at home make better progress in school – and not just the younger children!
Reading with your child throughout their primary education, from Year R to Year 6 is so vitally important for their development. In the earlier years it is often more about helping them to sound out the words, moving to more asking of questions to check their understanding as they get older.
We would advise that when reading with your child you follow the following principles, particularly if your child finds it a little difficult: start by reading aloud to your child, then continue by reading together, both speaking the words at the same time to help them build confidence; then ask them to continue reading to you. And don’t forget to ask them questions about what you’ve read together – that’s one of the most important bits, check they’ve understood it!
Obviously this process of reading together does vary depending on your child’s age and competence and therefore your child’s class teacher would be happy to discuss it with you in more detail and suggest the types of questions you may want to ask if you feel that would be helpful.