Downsview Community Primary School

Learning and Achieving Together

Parental Guide to Reading

The Oxford Reading Tree Scheme is used for early readers and children are encouraged to talk about the text, including plot and characters. Children are given a book to take home every day so that they can practice their reading and comprehension skills.

Every child participates in a 'Reading Session' every day which lasts for approximately half an hour. Within the session, every child has a reading based activity which could be Guided Reading with an adult, a follow up activity based on the text read with an adult, a comprehension task, an inference task, reading age appropriate texts for pleasure, reciprocal reading, or phonics activity. At least once a week, every child will read with an adult to deepen not only their reading skills, but also their comprehension ability. Adults will make notes on children's reading during the session in order to plan for future lessons. In years 1-6, children have a guided comprehension session to enable children to delve further into a text and gain a greater understanding of what they have read. Following this guided session, children will be expected to complete a comprehension task independently, applying the skills they have learnt.
Three times a year, children will sit a formal assessment in reading to assess how well they are meeting the national requirements and for teacher's to plan future sessions with any gaps in mind.
At Downsview, we want children to foster a love of reading and enjoy the wonder of books. Throughout the year, we will be setting a range of competitions to promote reading for enjoyment.
Reading for pleasure is strongly encouraged! Not only is reading an important skill used everyday for the remainder of our lives, but it is also a great way to relax and venture into a multitude of different settings and worlds! As quoted by Dr Seuss, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." 
For more information, click on the link below to view the Oxford Owl website.
It is packed with expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can help your child with reading