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Reading at Whitehall

Helping our children to become lifelong confident readers

At Whitehall we believe the most important skill for each child to leave primary school with, is the ability to read independently and effectively for meaning. We therefore provide a curriculum which offers a structured approach to the teaching of reading through discreet reading lessons and embedding this work within our broad and rich curriculum.

In order for all our children to become successful confident readers, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all parents of the importance of ensuring that their child has their book bag, reading diary and book in school each day. Your child’s reading diary forms a vital link between school and home and enables teachers to let you know how your child is progressing with their reading. The diary also enables parents and carers to communicate with school and let us know that you have heard you child read.

If your child has misplaced their reading diary please let the teacher know and we will get a replacement for your child.

In order to develop our home school reading partnership further we thought it would be helpful to let you know how we as teachers will support your child’s reading in school and how we would appreciate you supporting your child with reading at home:

What   teachers will do:

What   parents and carers can do:

  • Hear your child read by themselves, once every fortnight, and make a comment in the reading diary when this has happened.
  • Read with your child in a group (guided reading)   each week, and stamp your child’s reading diary with a guided reading stamp.
  • Ensure your child is reading the correct book  level.
  • Change your child’s book regularly.
  • Ensure your child makes good progress
  • Provide parents with a reading bookmark when your child progresses to the next reading colour. The bookmarks provide tips to  support you with reading at each level)
  •  If your child is struggling with reading we will provide extra adults to read with them.
  • Make sure your child has a book bag, reading diary and book in school each   day.
  • Hear you child read regularly and make a comment in their reading diary when you   do (smiley faces and stickers are great to encourage positive attitudes to   reading)
  • Discuss what your child has read to help develop their comprehension. Your child will shortly be bringing home a coloured book mark (according to their colour book  band) with tips to support you reading with your child.

 

Whitehall’s fantastic reading results are not only because of what the children learn in school. Our pupils become successful readers with a love of books because of the support they get from home through daily opportunities to read and hear stories. We thank our parents, grandparents and carers for that.

Reading Volunteers

We have great partnerships with parents as reading volunteers as well as local businesses. We value the benefit that the reading volunteers brings to our children and are always happy for new people to join our reading volunteer team. If you are interested then please contact the office or Emma Cutmore.

Contact Us

whitehallp@bristol-schools.uk

Whitehall Primary School

Johnsons Road, Bristol, Avon BS5 9AT

Whitehall Primary School

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With any urgent queries please contact our office at:

(0117) 377 3087

whitehallp@bristol-schools.uk