Reading in the Foundation Phase
In Bishopston we use a variety of approaches to teach reading.
* Shared reading is a form of reading where the whole class all read a ‘big book’ together.
* It provides an opportunity for the teacher to model fluent, expressive text reading for the whole class.
* It also enables opportunities for teacher modelling of effective reading strategies. The teacher takes the lead, focusing on reading strategies and features of text.
* Guided reading is done in two forms in the Foundation Phase. Pupils take part in a guided group reading session per week and also guided reading games sessions. Pupils are placed in similar reading ability groups, and in some cases mix with pupils from another class.
* During the guided group reading, pupils are all given a set of the same books/text. The teacher will have a set objective for that reading period and pupils will read together and discuss elements of the text. This form of reading extends the opportunites provided by shared reading, with a particular sharp focus on the targeted needs of a particular group. Guided group reading also provides opportunities for children to take part in discussions where they can learn from one-another.
* Guided reading games allow pupils to practise reading the ‘tricky’ words from the set of books they are reading in an exciting and enjoyable way. Reading the words out of context is difficult. As pupils are given no clue to the word, they have to either decode or remember the word. The repetition of reading the words during the games allows pupils to become very familiar with them, leading to fluency and further comprehension when reading their stories.
This is vital for building pupils’ stamina and fluency and for developing children’s knowledge and experince of a range of books and authors.
Regular independent reading helps to motivate children to establish the reading habit.
It is important that reading is not seen just as a ‘school activity’.
Home/school reading ensures children have access to reading materials at home.
Reading at home does not only have to involve books – some children may feel more relaxed playing language games.
Children also benefit from being read to. When a child hears an adult reading aloud, it builds their enthusiasm and enjoyment for reading.
We regularly send home reading books matched to your childs reading ability. It is very important that your child reads these with you regularly - little and often is best!
It is also important that they are returned to school on the requested date. Please, however, encourage your child to read a variety of reading materials, such as comics, information leaflets and books from the library.