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Reading

Reading is a vital skill for our young people to learn and one in which you, as parents/carers can play key role. Evidence shows that children who read regularly outside school make the fastest progress. We ask you to support your child’s learning by listening to him/her read regularly, preferably every day.

At Maybury Primary, we provide a range of opportunities for children to learn to read. We organise our reading books into colour bands and you will be able to see how your child progresses through these stages. At each level, children are assessed before moving on to the next colour band. They need to be able to read accurately and answer questions to show their understanding of a text. Of course, if you have any questions about your child’s reading, please do not hesitate to ask the class teacher who will be happy to speak with you.

All children are unique and learn to read at different rates so do not be concerned if your child remains on a particular colour band for a while. It is best that they become fast and fluent readers at one level before moving to the next. They may bring home a familiar text more than once to re-read. Again, this develops reading fluency and comprehension. Please help your child’s learning by being enthusiastic about reading, especially in the early stages. Read these Tips for Reading to help your child.

In Key Stage 1 and 2, your child will have Guided Reading sessions several times a week in class. These are lessons in which an adult leads a small group reading the same text. They are carefully planned to develop a range of reading strategies, including comprehension and phonics. They give our pupils experience in reading a wide range of materials. Groups study fiction and non-fiction and gradually gain awareness of different genres. The group setting provides opportunities for discussion and learning from each other under the teacher’s skilled guidance. Such lessons are in addition to 1:1 reading when adults listen to a child read alone, perhaps for assessment purposes.

Maybury Primary is committed to making ‘Every Child a Reader’ (ECAR). For those young people who need extra help to learn to read, there is support at hand. We have several specific group or 1:1 interventions running at any one time. This positive reading ethos includes lunchtime sessions and a valued group of adult volunteers who come into school to listen to readers.

So, please support your children and us by listening to them read and talking about the books to develop comprehension. Also, keep reading to your child, especially in your ‘mother tongue’. Sharing a book is a wonderful thing to do.