At Maple Infants’ we believe that it is the right of every child to become a competent and confident user of the English language. We aim to deliver high quality teaching which takes different learning styles into account, and to support and encourage all children to achieve their full potential. We strive to cultivate a real enjoyment of reading!
We all recognise that learning to read is a fundamental skill for life. Throughout the Early Years and Key Stage One children are immersed in an environment rich in print. Through lively experience and stimulation with the class involving a variety of topics including a quality class reading book (beyond the level at which the child could read independently), children’s reading and understanding is developed. To enable children to become confident readers, a programme synthetic phonics is taught throughout the school - please our phonics page for more information.
To help your child develop the above skills it is essential that you continue to hear your child read out loud each week. You should pose questions for them when they are reading. The links below are to a range of generic question prompts that you can use to formulate questions to pose when your child is reading.
Reading Diaries – All pupils have a reading diary. For young children this serves as a dialogue between the class teacher and parents about:
the book the child has read
what page they have got up to
how they read
how well matched the book was to the child’s ability level
any words they found difficult
It is also important to use the child’s reading book to explore grammar and punctuation. You can play games to spot the nouns, verbs, adjectives and question marks in the text they are reading. Note spelling of common exception words and alternative graphemes in the text that they are already familiar with. Remember reading with your child extends way beyond decoding the words!
Maple Infants’ School Maple Road Surbiton, KT6 4AL United Kingdom