Principal's Blog

Friday 23 August 2013

Principal’s Blog

Reading for Pleasure

At Ark John Archer we believe that reading is a key to being great learner.  When children read everyday for enjoyment it helps then to develop their  language skills, stimulates imagination and expands their  understanding of the world.  Because we believe developing a love of reading is one of the most powerful ways of ensuring that children reach their potential we have improved our reading areas and have brought  hundreds of new books to ensure our pupils have access to the best fiction and nonfiction available.   Little and often is the key! 

This term is the re launch of ‘Reading for Pleasure’ at  Ark John Archer

Our half term holiday home learning hopes to encourage our families to read together; and I hope so much that  you find time to support us. The more fun you have when reading with your child, the more likely you are to instill a love of reading.

‘To promote reading at home, we have a school reward system called 60 Reads’

Reading sessions at home

(recorded in the child’s reading record)


15 reads

A book mark

30 reads

A Pencil

60 reads

A book of their choice

Every time your child brings a book home it is important that their reading log is filled out and a signature, comment or query for the class teacher is made. 

Guidance on Home Reading

Read to your child ( even if they are in KS2 including year 6!)  Sometimes your child may bring home a text that is too difficult for them to read independently, such as a picture book. This is a good opportunity for you to read the book to your child. Being read to is a vital part of children’s reading development.

Read with your child

If the text is one that your child can read parts of, while some parts may be too difficult, this is an opportunity for you to read with your child. You may read parts of the text and allow your child to read parts. You may leave off the end of sentences for your child to read or encourage your child to read familiar words.

Let your child read to you

Some texts will be easier for your child to read, and can be read by your child. If your child can read the text independently, this is an opportunity for you to take them a step further with discussion and share ‘book talk’.

Book Talk—questions to ask whilst reading together ….What did you learn?   Why do you think that character did that?    Why do you think the author chose that title?    How did the illustrations help the story

Above all, make it an enjoyable and positive experience!