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The Twyn School KS1. Reading Evening November 24 th 2009. Welcome to our first KS1 Reading Evening. We would like to thank you for coming tonight. We hope you that you will find the information helpful in our partnership to teach your child to read. Reading Practices in our school.

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the twyn school ks1

The Twyn SchoolKS1

Reading Evening

November 24th 2009

welcome to our first ks1 reading evening
Welcome to our first KS1 Reading Evening

We would like to thank you for coming tonight.

We hope you that you will find the information helpful in our partnership to teach your child to read.

reading practices in our school
Reading Practices in our school
  • Your child will undertake different reading activities everyday.This will not always be reading from a book.

They will be carefully structured tasks and activities to promote all the literacy skills and will challenge children at their level of development. It may be phonic work, grammar, comprehension skills, alphabet work etc.

  • Once a week we will also hear children read their Home/School reading books.

Your children’s teachers will have given you a day to bring in their books. This is so we can allocate an appropriate amount of time to hear your child read. Reading is undertaken individually or in groups – whichever is appropriate to your child’s stage of development.

Please do not be concerned if your child is on a different book or level to another child in the same class. It’s not a competition. It is just the stage of development your child is at.

At the end of Year 1 and in Year 2 your child will also have a Guided Reading session once a week.

Each week they will read in a team. It will be a book they have never seen before. Each week will be different and the book will be chosen to promote a particular skill. Sometimes it will be fiction, at other times a poetry book or a play and we also include non fiction.

  • Each class has its own Reading Library and we ensure the children are given a rich variety of reading materials to use, for example fiction and non-fiction including plays, magazines, children’s newspapers, poetry books. We are developing boxes aimed at boys and girls interests.
suggestions when hearing children read

Suggestions when hearing children read.

Ensure your child is comfortably seated and always adopt an encouraging tone of voice.

Aim to spend 10 to 15 minutes each night with your child in reading activities
  • With younger readers encourage them to use picture clues to help with understanding
  • Sometimes ask your child to recount details of the story so far and at the end of the session predict what they think will happen next
  • As your child grows in confidence encourage him or her to read at a nice pace and to use expression. (You can have a lot of fun here using different voices or soft and loud).
  • To encourage your child to speed up a little, drag your finger across the page at a steady pace
  • Give your child individual attention and not read with them at the same time as other siblings. Make them feel special.
  • It is important that you read to your child. Make it part of your nightly routine. If you make them feel reading is special activity then they will come to love it to.
Suggestions for unfamiliar words.
  • Encourage your child to ‘sound out’ or build up words by using letter SOUNDSnot the letter NAMES.

c a t - cat l oo k - look

  • Look for smaller words within the word to help.


  • Think of words that are in the same family - in pin tin win chin
  • Do not spend too long on difficult/unfamiliar words. Give a little thinking time then if no success just tell them and move on. Come back at the end to see if they have remembered it.
other ways to help
Other ways to help!
  • Check your child knows all the letter sounds
  • Point out blends as they occur

oo ee ow ou

sh ch th

  • Learn all the High Frequency words. (You can collect additional copies from your child’s Teacher)

These words are the building blocks of reading and the children will be much more confident as soon as they learn them.

  • Go to the Library or read lots of other books as well as your child’s home reading book.
just a reminder
Just a reminder
  • Do feel free to write in your child’s Reading Record Book. Tell us how he/she is doing at home
  • Contact the Class Teacher if you have any concerns – we will always try to help and give advice. After school is always best. Then we will have time to talk to you without any distractions.
  • Always be positive when you read.Your child will pick up any tension from an adult and this may lead to them not wanting to read.
  • Let them see you read. If they see you enjoying reading they will want to read too.
  • Reading is fun – enjoy this time with your child!