Reading for Pleasure

“Books transform children’s lives - they can open windows onto new worlds, widen their horizons or even just make them laugh themselves silly! Reading for pleasure can give children the key they need to unlock their dreams.” Christopher Edge

 

“Reading is vital for developing the imagination – the ability to stand in other people’s shoes and look through other eyes. With a book you can experience other lives, other worlds, other times. Books are the key to opening up opportunities.” Michaela Morgan

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What do we do at Moss Park Junior School to support your child?

We encourage reading through a range of activities and by providing supportive environments for children to enjoy reading for pleasure. Reading records are used to monitor reading as well as communicating between home and school. We have a clear reading spine which uses a book banding system. At MPJS we use a selection of quality levelled reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cats, to help build fluency, stamina, confidence and important reading skills that children need in order to progress. We also suppliment these schemes with quality texts that are not on any scheme to ensure that the children recieve a range appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts.

 

Each week, children will be listened to by an adult in different forms including;

 

Every class has a reading corner that is filled with topic books and age appropriate fiction and non-fiction that children can access throughout the day.

We also provide additional reading opportunities multiple times per week through Project Code X and Beanstalks. Volunteers are warmly welcomed to read with children; this can be arranged by speaking to class teachers.

We have recently introduced a Book Swap which proved to be highly popular with the children and is something that we are going to continue throughout the year.

Visits to Stretford Library are planned into our curriculum and the children are able to borrow books using their own library cards.

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How do we reward reading at Moss Park Junior School?

Children are encouraged to read both at home and in school and are rewarded with a variety of incentives, including;

  • Team points
  • Raffle tickets
  • Star readers
  • Enrichment afternoons
  • Stickers
  • Books

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What difference can I make as a parent/carer?

You can make a huge difference. Sharing a book with your child allows you to share adventures and experiences in the safe world of the book. It allows you to ask questions, talk about what has happened and decide what you think together.

Here are some helpful hints for reading with your child;

  • Bring the characters to life – talk about the characters, the drawings and the events so that the story starts to come alive
  • Don’t be afraid to try different voices or try out your acting skills. Your child will enjoy your performance and appreciate the story even more
  • Remember that your face says it all – so exaggerate your normal expression times three like a children’s TV presenter: children will love it
  • Turn off the television and concentrate on enjoying the book
  • Try audio books that children can listen to on the car stereo, on computers or phones – this is a great way to build a child’s understanding of stories and improve their listening skills

 

How can I choose books at the right level for my child?

We have listened to your feedback and a number of parents/ carers have asked this question. As a rule of thumb, you would expect a child to read a book with around 95% accuracy if they want to read it independently. Less than that, and it’s likely that they’re missing out, or misreading too many words to make sense of the story.

Introduce the ‘Rule of five’. Encourage your child to read the first page or two of a new book. They must put up one finger for every word they cannot read. If they get to five fingers, then the book is too hard for them and they should choose another one.

 

How often should I read to my child and how long for?

Be guided by how long they will listen. For younger children this may be quite short periods of time, while slightly older children may be able to listen for longer.

As for how often, there’s no right answer but a routine helps. A bedtime story can be a nice way for you to spend a small amount of time together and wind down after a busy day. At Moss Park Junior School, we ask children to try to read in at least short bursts every day.

 

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading:

  1. Make books part of your family life – always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance.
  2. Join your local library – Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.
  3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction.
  4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good.
  5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone.
  6. Ask questions – to keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’
  7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery.
  8. Read again and again – encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence.
  9. Bedtime stories – regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child.
  10. Rhyme and repetition – books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words.

 

Year 3 Recommended Reads – Summer 2019

 

Year 4 Recommended Reads – Summer 2019