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Early Reading

Reading is a passion of ours at Mossley School. We encourage you to read to children at the earliest age possible and as often as possible.
The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It's never too early to begin to read to your child.
At Mossley we provide the children with as many opportunites as we can to share stories as a class, individually, with friends, with parents. The children have access to two reading dens, one in each class. 
We always emphasise that learning to read is so much more than just being able to read the words themselves. It is clearly fabulous if they can read all of the words in the book however being able to answer those tricky questions about the story (comprehension) and being able to re-tell the story in their own words is also VITAL.
At Mossley the children all start their reading journey using a picture book (unless we can see that they are confident at blending and know some high frequency words). These books give us a real insight into what reading experience your child has had. We look at how they handle the book, do they start at the beginning and turn each page individually, can they talk about the pictures and much more. Below we have put a few questions that you could ask your child when you are sharing a picture book with them.
Questions that you may ask your child:
Can you see any letters/writing you recognise-on signs/labels etc in the story?
Can you tell the story using the pictures?
Who are the main characters in the story?
Why do you think that happened?
What could happen next in the story?
How is this story similar/different to other stories that you have read.
How do you think that character might feel?
What do you think is going to happen at the end of the story?
What does the author/illustrator/publisher do?
Please feel free to share the book as often as your child is happy to share it. They may only look through it once with you, which is fine. You can then perhaps share a library book/book from home another evening.
If you have any questions with regards to this matter please come in and see us.
Please remember that reading should be fun, enjoyable and appropriate for your child.
Glossary of Reading
Individual Read: Your child will read one-to-one with a member of staff.
Guided Read: Where a child is part of a group of similar reading ability, with the teacher. This is where the teaching and assessment of reading takes place. Your child's guided reading book will always be slightly more difficult than their individual reading book. It will be indicated in their planner whether they have taken part in a guided reading. The teacher will also let you know what their next step is.
Blending: This is when a child can identify and put sounds together in order to make a word e.g  a - t makes at   c-a-t makes c-a-t. This is an important skill that your child will develop at school and at home with your support. If this is practiced often enough they will 'fly' with their reading.
High frequency words: Words that your child needs to know on sight in reception. Please see the phonics guidance page. 

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Mossley C.E Primary School

Boundary Lane, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 3JA

Mrs B Hawtin or Mrs L Knibbs

Tel: 01260 272451Email: office@mossleyce.cheshire.sch.uk

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