Parents can support their child’s reading journey through regular reading practise at home. At Parkside, we use two main schemes to develop and support reading development:
RWI Book Bag Books
At Parkside we use the RWI Book Bag Books programme for Reception and Year 1 home reading. This scheme has a range of engaging texts, both fiction and non-fiction. These books are uniquely matched to the phonics programme we use in school and are in line with the pupil’s current phonics understanding. This scheme links home reading and phonics teaching in school helping pupils make rapid progress in their reading.
At Parkside we use ‘Accelerated Reader’ as our home reading provision from year 2 onwards. Accelerated Reader gives teachers the information they need to monitor the children’s reading practice. Comprehensive reports reveal how much a student has been reading, at what level of complexity, and how well they have understood what they have read. Vocabulary growth and literacy skills development are also measured, giving teachers insight into how well the children have responded to reading schemes and class instruction.
Regular ‘Star Reading’ assessments determine each child’s current reading level. The reading assessment reports the range of book levels within which the student should be reading to make the greatest progress. Using individual targets, teachers can personalise each child’s reading practice based on the quantity and complexity of the books they read. The ‘Star Reading’ assessment also provides teachers with individual reading ages for each child.
Class teachers can monitor the data of an individual or class and can be filtered by student characteristics, such as SEN or Pupil Premium. This ensures all children are successful on the programme and their progress in reading is accelerated. Successful Accelerated Reader users are more likely to:
Reading at home
‘Sharing a book with a child is fun – it’s a time for closeness, laughing and talking together. It can also give children a flying start in life and help them become lifelong readers.’ The Book Trust.
The Book Trust’s ‘top tips’ to make home reading successful
And lastly, above all - make it fun!
It doesn't matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - children love this!