At Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy we believe that reading skills are important factors towards every child's success in school and their future. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative activity for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.
Across school we expect children to be reading at least four times a week at home. In school, we provide a variety of reading opportunities in all areas of their learning. Guided reading lessons run 3 times a week in classes and involve a variety of text types. We also focus on key skills each half term, our current reading focus is:
understanding the whole text!
Feel free to use these skills to question your children when listening to them read.
So far this year we have also looked in depth at:
For more information on reading throughout the school, please find our reading guide for parents document below.
What is reading comprehension?
A child's development in reading comes down to two parts: reading the words & understanding what they have read.
To help your child read the words, throughout Key Stage 1 and even into year 3, children are given regular phonics sessions. At Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy we follow the LCP phonics scheme. For help understanding this or for more ideas, head to our phonics page using the link below:
For help with understanding the words, it is important to ensure children are predicting what might happen, reflecting on what has happened and discussing key parts of the text. to help with this at home, please find helpful reading comprehension guides and links below:
Reading for pleasure
We understand that sometimes children may be reluctant to read at home, to help overcome this we have some top tips to help engage readers and create a positive reading atmosphere at home.
All staff at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy are eager to hear your amazing ideas and celebrate every child's achievement. If you try out one of these ideas take some pictures and bring them in so we can celebrate with the children!
In a special corner of every classroom at Bilsthorpe Flying High Academy, you will find an place dedicated specifically to reading. As reading is such an important skill, we have created these corners to promote reading for pleasure and to ensure all children enjoy their time spent reading.
Yea 1 have a cosy area called the "Reading Garden" which the children enjoy using the models and puppets available to tell their own stories!
Year 2 have an amazing beach scene, who doesn't love to relax in paradise with a good book?
Year 3 have an amazing signpost to send them off into lots of different fictional worlds, ad they get to enjoy cuddling up inside their own tent filled with cushions!
Year 4 have created a reading garden to lie down on and relax in.
Year 5 get to read beneath a Japanese inspired cherry blossom tree in a comfy leather chair!
The branches are even full of recommended reads.
Year 6 have a safe and warm area set underground, they can crawl underground to stay safe from natural disasters or even world wars!