Our approach to reading

Guided reading involves a teacher working with a small group of students who demonstrate similar reading behaviours and can all read similar levels of texts (books). The text should offer challenge and opportunities for problem solving but is easy enough for pupils to read with some fluency.

At Ormiston South Parade Academy, we have daily Guided Reading sessions in all classes and our teachers record children’s progress as they read. We also have home reading cards where parents and teachers write comments to each other about their child’s progress in reading. The children are given prizes for their home reading too!

We have lots of books to choose from in Guided Reading. We have Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Big Cat and many more.

Teachers also read regularly to children in school, model good reading and share stories, poems and information books. Teachers and children really enjoy sharing books and listening to stories, which provides opportunities to visualise, develop imagination and to learn new and rich vocabulary.

If you would like access to some fantastic eBooks, why not visit Oxford Owl. There are over 250 free books for parents to read with their child at home with lots of ideas on how to support your child with reading.

10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read

As parents have an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read, here are some suggestions as to how you can help to make this a positive experience

1. Choose a quiet time

Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.

2. Make reading enjoyable

Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then move on.

3. Maintain the flow

If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. Encourage them to “sound out” the words using the sounds they have learnt in phonics.

4. Be positive

If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don’t say ‘No. That’s wrong,’ but ‘Let’s read it together’ and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child’s confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.

5. Visit the Library

Encourage your child to use the public library regularly.

6. Regular practice

Try to read with your child on most school days. ‘Little and often’ is best.

7. Communicate

Try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns via the Reading Record Card. Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading.

8. Talk about the books

There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, and their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.

9. Variety is important

Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials eg. picture books, hard backs,comics, magazines, poems and information books.

10. Let the child take control

Let your child hold the book, turn the pages and choose the location of the reading time.

Book Banding

Reading books in school are colour coded by difficulty of reading level. This is called Book Banding. The table below shows the levels of each colour book band.

Band Early Years/National Curriculum level Colour Approximate expected year group
1 EYFS 30-50mths/P SCALES Pink Reception
2 EYFS 40-60mths/P SCALES Red Reception
3 1C/1B Yellow Reception/Year 1
4 1B Blue Year 1
5 1B Green Year 1
6 1B/1A Orange Year 1/Year 2
7 1A Turquoise Year 2
8 2C Purple Year 2
9 2B/2A Gold Year 2/Year 3
10 2A/3C White Year 2/Year 3
11 3C/3B Lime Year 3/Year 4
12 3B/3A Brown/coppery Year 3/Year 4
13 3A/4C Grey/topaz Year 4/Year 5
14 4C/4B Ruby Year 5
15 4A/5C Navy blue Year 5/Year 6
16 Level 5 Black Year 6
Free Secure Level 5 Reading Corner Year 6

If you have any questions about how to help your child with reading at home then please contact Mrs Robinson (Assistant Principal and Literacy Coordinator) at any time.

HAPPY READING!