Parent Handbook – R
Reading is a core element of our curriculum – learning to read is a life skill and much time in school is devoted to children how to become confident readers.
In earlier years, children spend much time learning how to actually read the words on the page, using their growing knowledge of phonics to read text out loud and in their heads.
As they progress through school they spend longer on reading comprehension – studying text for understanding of the literal meaning, clues to hidden meanings and also to explore the choices authors make to write effective texts for different purposes.
Being a great reader is a key part of becoming a successful writer. We focus a lot of time in reading at school but we also encourage children to read at home every day (preferably with an adult, even as they get older, because the discussion about what they are reading is just as important as the fact that they can read the words).
As well as reading for academic purposes we also want all of our children to develop a lifelong habit of reading just as an end in itself. Reading can be huge fun and we try to give all of our children a wide breadth of experience so they can find the sort of texts that interest them.
To find more information about how you can support your child with reading at home, see the Reading page in our “How do I Help my Child?” website section.
Parents receive end of year reports towards the end of the school year, usually in July. These give information about the children’s attainment, progress and attitude during their time at school.
We would always hope that nothing in reports should come as a surprise because of other forms of communication throughout the year. However, if ever there is anything parents wish to discuss as a result of reports, we will always organise parent/teacher meetings to facilitate this.