Reading Information Evening

10th October 2018
Last night, we held this event to give parents a more detailed insight into the many reading experiences that our children encounter during their time with us.
Mrs Barnard-Taylor explained the importance of reading as a key priority for all children and how support at home can make a significant difference to a child's success.  Becoming a competent and confident reader at primary school ensures that children move into secondary school ready and able to access all areas of the curriculum independently. 
Mrs Riches, our Reception Class teacher, talked about how our youngest pupils are introduced to the sharing of stories and early reading to ignite an early love of books.  Mrs Bayes, our Deputy Headteacher, led us through the acquisition of phonics and the Year 1 Screening Check that pupils complete.  She also explained how children progress through the different reading bands and how important it is for them to be able to discuss the content and answer questions. 
Mr Harfield, our SENDCo and Year 3 teacher, gave an insight into the End of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) Reading SATs and showed sample texts and questions.  Mrs Harrison, our Year 6 teacher, outlined the requirements of the End of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) Reading SAT and the level of competence needed for pupils to access this.
Mrs Naughton, who leads our team of teaching assistants and works in Year 6, explained how the Accelerated Reader system works and how children move through the different levels.  It is vital that even our oldest pupils read daily at home and at school and further develop skills such as inference.
Parents and grandparents were invited to look through a range of materials and some were lucky enough to win a new reading book in the free raffle!
"It really opened my eyes to the high standards we need to work towards and gave me pointers for ensuring that we don't just read but understand."
 "Well presented and very informative.  We really enjoyed the whole experience."
"Another reminder of the value of reading and of using a variety of material - and how it all links in up to Year 6 and beyond."
"A good range of information and explanation of how parents can help."
"I now have a greater understanding of the Accelerated Reader programme."
"Good use of resources - great to see examples of papers and have a clearer understanding of the expectations."
"Lovely resources and clear presentation of all sections.  Some great ideas to use at home."
"It really helped to explain the importance of further discussion about the book after reading.  I really enjoyed it, thank you."
"Incredibly informative from Reception to Year 6."