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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 with a book that they can access. Equally as important is reading your own books 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 could be to focus on learning key words (through fun games-see below), as well as hearing your child read aloud so, with your support, they can 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. We endeavour to read and respond to these and will often write comments ourselves that may 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 filled, 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 plot

Please let us know if you do require a change of book but please be aware that this will be done without a book introduction.


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 the know. They love winning your cards back!

* Pairs/snap

* Find the key word in the text

* Hide and seek 

Library visit

Each Reception class 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 our 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, enjoy and borrow or return books yourselves.