"Reading is a passport to countless adventures."
Mary Pope Osborne
At Knightwood we are committed to developing a love of reading in our children and therefore make it a key focus in our school. The children are encouraged to browse and spend time in our library where they can practise choosing books that interest and excite them. We have reading ambassadors in school who promote books and do work with the wider community. Teachers share their love of reading regularly with the children and read with their classes every day.
The foundation for reading is being able to turn sounds into letters and for this children need to be taught phonics. To teach phonics at Knightwood we follow the systematic programme Bug Club. The children are introduced to Bug Club when they start in Reception. Their lessons are fun and interactive and allow them to revise previous sounds, learn and practise the new sound and then apply their learning. As the children learn new sounds they are given books that allow them to practise decoding and blending these sounds. As the children gain confidence with their reading they will also be given a colour banded book from the Bug Club Independent range. Alongside these books children will always be able to take home a library book each week. When children are secure in their phonics knowledge (usually by year 2) they will be solely on the Bug Club Independent books until they are ready to become a free reader and no longer use the reading scheme.
At the moment Bug Club is predominately on an online platform. The benefits to this are the children can access their books anywhere there is a electronic device (iPad, computer, phone etc), they can earn coins for reading and then access a rewards section and they are able to play games and answer comprehension questions to support their phonics knowledge and reading. However, we do recognise the importance of printed books and there are copies available if needed. We are also aiming to increase the amount of printed books we have available.
Support for children struggling with reading
We are proud of being an inclusive school that supports all pupils to succeed in their learning and build self esteem. Reading is such a complex process that it is understandable that some children struggle with it. If your child is finding it hard and is not where we would expect them to be then firstly their teacher would have a conversation with you. The following support is available depending on the needs of the child:
How can I help my child read?
What do I do when my child has read the books?
Once you have read the book and clicked on the bugs and completed the comprehension activities the book will move to the library section. We encourage you to read the book a few times over the week to increase fluency and understanding of the new sounds they are learning. Once you have read the books, please sign the reading log on google classroom.
When will my child be moved to the next Stage in the reading scheme?
Each band contains a wide variety of books and the children are given a wide range of books to consolidate their reading at each stage. Each child’s reading is assessed during individual reading sessions at school. Your child will be moved to the next band when certain criteria have been met both in decoding skills and comprehension skills. A firm foundation at these early stages of reading is vital.
How often do I need to read with my child?
It is our aim that all of our children at Knightwood will develop a lifelong love of reading. Reading at home is a vital part of this journey. At Knightwood we run a ‘Reading Challenge’. The children are encouraged to read 4 times a week. This can be their books from school but also any other reading material – comics, magazines, newspapers, books from home, recipes etc. On google classroom there are reading logs to sign each week. At the end of each half term the teachers choose a child that has gone above and beyond in their reading and they win the opportunity to choose a brand new book to take home.
Take time to enjoy books and stories with your child. Not only will it help them improve their reading, but it is a great opportunity to enjoy time together. Opening a book is like beginning an adventure – you never know what you might find inside.
Bug Club phonics
https://youtu.be/44mZZQfgkjY Video about how it works
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