Reading Information Evening

9th October 2019
Last night, we held this event to provide parents/carers with a more detailed insight into the different stages of reading through the Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.
Mrs Barnard-Taylor explained how reading is 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.  Our aim is for all children to become avid readers who are keen to read a range of genres.
Mrs Riches, our Reception Class teacher, explained how our youngest pupils are introduced to the sharing of stories and early reading to ignite a love of books.  Mrs Bayes, our Deputy Headteacher, led us through the acquisition of phonics and the Year 1 Phonics Check.  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 in preparation for the End of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) Reading SATS (national tests). 
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 to ensure they reach the expected levels and develop higher order skills such as inference.  Mrs Harrison, our Year 6 teacher, outlined the requirements of the End of Year 2 (Year 6) Reading SAT (national test) and the level of competence needed for pupils to access this.
Parents and carers were given the opportunity to look through a range of materials including past SAT papers and to ask questions.  Some were lucky enough to win a new reading book in the free raffle!
"Really well delivered and clear.  The information was relevant and useful and highlighted the importance of reading."
"It is good to see how we can support our children at home and know what to expect as they move through the key stages."
"I liked the opportunity to see the past test papers and the question cards were very useful."
"It was good to learn about the different techniques used to develop reading/blending of sounds."
"Very informative!"
"It is good to know the expectations."
"The simple explanations were excellent."
"Useful resources such as the question cards to take home."