Reading is fundamental to a child's education. Here at Sir Henry Fermor, we are passionate about engaging our pupils and getting them enthusiastic about reading.
Daily guided reading sessions expose the children to a range of age appropriate and exciting fiction and non-fiction texts. These selected texts aim to develop the children's vocabulary and passion for reading. Throughout the week, the children use the text to demonstrate a range of comprehension strategies including: making predictions; writing a summary and answering literal and inferential questions. The selected text is usually related to the children's learning in other subjects across the curriculum (English, History and Geography).
In each year group, the teachers carefully selects a book to capture the children's imagination and provide cross-curricular links to other topics they are learning about during the term. For the last 15 minutes of the day, this brings all of the children together in a shared experience and helps develop a love for reading. In addition, it is an opportunity to model how to read aloud using intonation and character voices. This starts as soon as the children enter our school in EYFS all the way up to Year 6.
Through our English lessons and topic learning, the children will also experience rich and varied texts which challenge the children and extend their vocabulary. These provide the children with well-structures sentences and plots that they can 'magpie' and use in their own writing.
Selected class readers and quality texts in Term 1 and 2:
Each class has its own inviting book corner where children are able to choose an engaging book to enjoy during independent or shared reading sessions.
We are lucky to have a KS1 and KS2 library where every child has the opportunity to access a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. Each class is able to visit the library and choose a book to take away and enjoy.
It is vital that we work together to share our love of reading. Here are a few tips to help you encourage a love of reading at home:
1. Make reading part of your daily routine.
2. Read about something that your child is interested in.
3. Join your local library.
4. Ask your child questions about what they have read.
5. Create a special reading space.
6. Model how to read a book by sharing your favourite story with them.
This website will provide you with some great ideas for books. Please select the appropriate age category: