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Reading at Hightown 

At Hightown, we want all children to develop a love of reading for pleasure and information. 

We have a structured approach to the teaching of reading which aims to develop confident readers who enjoy reading a wide range of texts across the curriculum. 

In the early stages, phonics is taught to help children develop decoding skills so that they can quickly learn to read books independently.  

We also use 1:1 Reading, Guided Reading, Reading Comprehension and Independent Reading across school. 

We use the Literacy Shed’s 'Reading Vipers' to focus on the key areas of comprehension.  Each of the letters stand for one of the key areas of learning. 

 

Below is a link to the Literacy Shed website where there is a set of example comprehension questions that can be used when reading with your child at home.   

http://www.literacyshedblog.com/blog/reading-vipers 

 

All year groups visit the school library and pupils take school library books home alongside individual reading books. 

Parental support is crucial in the development of a child's reading ability. We love to read your comments in reading diaries.  

Below is a link to Books For Topics that has recommended books lists for: each class; different subjects; and reading for pleasure.  So, if you’re not sure what book to get your child next this would be a great place to look. 

 

https://www.booksfortopics.com/ 

 

Enjoy reading with your child! 

Reading Vipers

At Hightown we have taken a new approach to developing reading across school.  We have launched the Literacy Shed's 'Reading Vipers'.  The Reading Vipers approach will help develop key comprehension skills which will enable us to become successful readers.  Each of the letters stand for one of the key areas of learning:

V - vocabulary

I - infer

P - predict

E - explain

R - retrieve

S - sequence (KS1) summarise (KS2)

Below is a link to the Literacy Shed website where there is a set of example comprehension questions that can be used when readking with your child at home.  There is a booklet for Key Stage 1 children (Classes 1 & 2) and one for Key Stage 2 children (Classes 3-4).

http://www.literacyshedblog.com/blog/reading-vipers

Enjoy reading with your child!

 

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