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Supporting Reading Booklet for parents

Supporting Reading Presentation for Parents of EYFS and KS1

A Yattendon reader ...

has excellent phonic knowledge and skills. They read with fluency and accuracy, showing knowledge of an extensive vocabulary. They read for both study and pleasure and have excellent comprehension of a rich and varied range of texts.

Through our curriculum, we aim to nurture the following essential characteristics of readers:


- excellent phonic knowledge and skills.

- fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.

- knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.

- an excellent comprehension of texts.

- the motivation to read for both study and for pleasure.

- extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts.

Good reading skills allow children to access all areas of the curriculum. In order to read across the curriculum with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment pupils need to use a range of strategies: drawing on knowledge of context and grammatical knowledge; applying phonic knowledge and skills; applying alphabet knowledge and developing word recognition.


These skills are taught and applied in various ways at Yattendon.


Shared Reading

Different books and text types are shared as a whole class or group with opportunities for children to discuss, join in with and comment on what is being read.


Guided Reading

This is an opportunity to develop and practise reading skills whilst engaging with a variety of texts. Guided Reading happens daily in every class and is taught as a whole class focused on a challenging text. It follows a particular structure including; teachers modelling reading, learning about the text specific vocabulary and comprehension. As a school we have adopted the Vipers to support the understanding of reading skills. 



Independent Reading

Our children take books of an appropriate level home daily to practice their reading skills with an adult outside of school.  As the children progress they will select their own books from the school library or from home.

There are opportunities in school for children to select books to read independently either from the school library or from Class book areas.