Teaching Phonics

Approach to Reading

Reading At Home

Progression in Grammar Skills Year 1-6

Churchside Federation is dedicated to the CREATIVE CURRICULUM and this year we have a variety of themes including: How can we help our neighbours? What do people do all day? How does technology shape the world? Where can we go? What does it mean to be British? and What makes the greatest show?

There are many ways in which the children can be supported at home, some of which are below.


Reading truly is fundamental. Encouraging the children to read is the best way to improve their knowledge of the world around them, vocabulary, understanding of other texts, the structure of their own writing, the composition of their writing, their logic and generally a fantastic way to instil a passion for learning new information.

At both school sites we are really lucky to have wonderful library areas where the children can choose a variety of books to read. If you would like to visit them, don’t hesitate to ask.

Is your child a reluctant reader?

Here are some ideas from https://blog.leeandlow.com/2017/06/06/15-ideas-when-your-child-hates-reading/ that could help to reengage them (find out the rest by clicking the hyperlink):

  1. MOST IMPORTANTLY- make reading together a routine!Set aside time every day, even if it is just 20 minutes. You might read together during breakfast, before naptime, right before bedtime, while commuting on a train or bus, or while waiting at the doctors’ practice. This should happen with children of any age. Of course, children in Upper Key Stage 2 can have time to read independently, however if you make time to read to them and for them to read to you then you will show just how important reading is.
  2. Take a picture walk first. Look at and discuss each illustration before reading the story aloud. If it is a new book, make a prediction about what the story will be about.
  3. As you and your child read, track the print with your fingers. Touch the spot below each word as you say the word together.
  4. Use the illustrations to predict what will happennext in the story or to unlock a new, unknown word.
  5. Read with expression!Make the stories come alive by using a different voice for each character.
  6. Make a word huntwith the book by searching for all the high-frequency words and for new words.
  7. At the end of the story, share your favourite parts. What were your favourite characters, passages, illustrations, and new words? What made you laugh the most?
  8. Make a special place to read together, such as in bed, under a tree, in a homemade fort, in a comfy chair, or in your home library.
  9. If your child is old enough, take turns reading.Alternate reading every other page so you both get practice and a break from just listening to the story.

Ask your child’s teacher! He/she is committed to helping your child succeed in this year and beyond. Together you can mind map ways to specifically address your child’s needs and explore why your child may struggle with or feel frustrated/shy/resistant/ambivalent about reading.

https://cloudmom.com/baby-basics/6-mistakes-that-make-your-kids-hate-reading/ has some great advice for avoiding mistakes which could discourage your child from reading. One of the most important pieces of advice is not to make reading a chore or a punishment- this will simply put your child in the negative mindset that reading is not an enjoyable activity.

English Lockdown Learning

9th February 2021