Welcome to the Reading Area

This area is full of useful tips and games to support your child’s reading at home

Year R
A lot of emphasis is placed on understanding the conventions of how to read a book, for example, reading left to right and top to bottom of a page.   Books containing no words are used to encourage and promote speaking as well as story telling language.  When ready, all children are given books to take home and read or share with their parents.
Year 1
Phonic skills are embedded whilst a wider range of reading strategies are taught using a range of different books.  Simple comprehension skills are also taught alongside improving expression, fluency and pace within reading.
Year 2
Comprehension skills are developed further with more emphasis placed on what happens within a book as well as considering author choices of language.
The school uses Oxford Reading Tree books as the Core Home Reading books.  At each reading stage, children will initially take home a wide range of ORT stories to practise their skills.  This scheme is used due to the repetitive language, use of familiar and key words and characters.
A wider breath of books is also available in each reading stage, including a range of non-fiction texts, which allow children to broaden their reading skills.
Click on the character of Floppy to learn all about the
main characters in the home reading books.

Guided Reading at CPIS

In school, the principles of Guided Reading are used to improve and extend the reading skills of each child.  Children are placed into groups of 6 or less enabling the teacher to tailor the teaching to the needs of each group. Guided Reading allows teachers to give immediate feedback on success and the opportunity to discuss further areas for improvement.
The goal of guided reading is to enable learners to become independent, able to read, understand and appreciate texts on their own without the teacher’s help.  In small groups the teacher can observe each child’s behaviour to see the process by which they are creating meaning from the text and then offer prompts to develop strategies.
Each class teacher acts as the expert who guides the children through the text, providing signposts to the most important and most helpful features of the textual landscape.  Guided Reading takes place daily with a range of different activities completed by each group, for example, group reading with teacher/LSA, comprehension challenges, phonics or handwriting activities as well as ICT games or reading a range of books by an author or on a theme.  It will be clear when your child has read in a guided group as a blue stamp will appear in their Home Reading diary.
Click on the pictures to find different stories to enjoy listening to together

Story telling videos
Mighty book stories
Make and read your
own story