Reading at Howitt
At Howitt Primary School, it is our aim for every child to be reading at age related expectations by the end of the year. However, some children may need extra support with their reading in order to achieve this.
Below are some of the reading interventions that we use at Howitt Primary School:
- Toe by Toe
- Buddy reading
- Additional 1:1 or group reading with either the class teacher or a teaching and learning assistant
- Words First
- Additional phonics lessons
Reading at home
Pupils are given books to take home and read with their parents or other adults. We recommend reading with your child at least 3 times a week for approximately 10 to 15 minutes each time. We need you to help your child by listening to them reading and asking questions about what they have read. Remember, this doesn’t always have to be their school reading book, it could be a book that they own from home. It is really important that you sign the reading journal daily with comments on their reading. We would also like to know if the book is too challenging, too easy or your child is simply not enjoying the book. We appreciate your continued support in helping the children to make progress with their reading.
Reading Reward Scheme
To help promote enjoyment for reading, we have set up a reading reward scheme. Whenever a child reads to an adult, please record it in their reading record as they gain rewards for reading at home. They receive a reward after 10, 30, 60 and 100 reads at home. We wonder who will be the first child to read 100 times at home?
During our shared reading lessons, we teach our children to use their VIPERS reading strategies. These include:
V - Vocabulary and Visualise
I - Infer
P - Predict
E - Explain
R - Retrieve
S - Sequence and Summarise
Questions to use when reading with your child at home
Please click on the links below for examples of questions you could ask your child when reading with them. While reading with your child, try to choose one questions from each section. You could ask more than one type of questions per page. This will check that your child really understands what they are reading and could lead you into further conversations about the book.
Both teachers and teaching assistants will use similar questions when reading 1:1, in a small group or during shared reading lessons.
If you are worried about your child’s reading, please either leave a note in their reading record or ring school to arrange for your child’s teacher to ring you back.