Reading

At MPJS, we LOVE reading!

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. 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 supplement these schemes with quality texts that are not on any scheme to ensure that the children receive a range of appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts.

Looking for a new book but not sure what to choose? This website gives you lots of brilliant suggestions based on your age and interests. We bet you will find a great book! https://www.booksfortopics.com/ 

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

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.

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