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St Anne's Infants' School


Reach for the Stars

Reading in Reception

We love reading!

The children are always keen to read to us in school and we truly value the reading you do at home too!  It is really important to read the book provided by school to ensure children are practising the skills taught to them.  It is equally as important for your children to hear you reading to them and/or see you reading for pleasure to encourage a love of reading! heart


Supporting Reading at home

Please read at home with your child at least 3 times per week, part of your reading can be to focus on learning key words (through fun games-see below).  Hearing your child read aloud enables them to work on their expression, fluency and comprehension, reading a book more than once can enable the consolidation of these skills. Please write a brief comment in your child's reading record when you have read with them and tick the reading grid(see Pasta challenge below). We endeavour to read and respond to your comments and will write comments ourselves that aim to support your child’s reading.


Pasta challenge 

To encourage a pleasure for reading, we have an exciting whole school reading challenge. If your child reads three times per week, they will receive a piece of pasta to put into the class reading jar. When the jar is full, the children can choose a class treat to enjoy for all of their efforts! Don't forget to tick the reading grid attached to their reading records.


Book changing

We aim to change books once a week during your child’s reading session. A basic reading session includes,

  • Recapping/revising/learning key words
  • Reading a few pages of their current book
  • Introducing the next text, talking through key words and story plot

Please let us know if you require a change of book prior to their weekly reading session or you can change your child's book yourself(ensuring you get the same level as their previous book).  Please be aware that your child will not recieve a book introduction in this instance.  


Key Words 

Learning these by sight will support your child's progression onto the next levels so it is crucial you keep practising. Here are some fun ways you could try and learn them. You'll need to make little flashcards for most of these games.

* My pile - Your pile - Children keep the ones they know. They love winning your cards back!

* Pairs/Snap

* Find the key word in the text

* Hide and seek 


Library visit

Reception classes gets the opportunity to visit the library on a Wednesday to hear and read stories as well as having an opportunity to borrow a book. This is done on a 3 weekly rotation. Look out for a facebook reminder when it's your classes turn nosmiley


Forgot to bring in your library book for your session? Don't worry....

Library posters around the school give up to date information on after school opening hours, where you are welcome to explore the Libray, return and borrow books yourselves(children can borrow one book at a time).