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FS2 Reading Workshop

We held a workshop for parents and carers to come and find out why and how we do reading with children in Reception. There was also a discussion about how parents and carers can help their children at home and develop a daily reading habit.

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It was wonderful to see so many of our families there. Each family who came received a special Reading Bag full of goodies to take home. There was information to help with reading at home, some brand new reading books to keep at home, a phoneme strip to keep and other goodies. All children also received their Booktime book from the Book Trust.

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This year’s Booktime book is The Bumble Bear

There was also a special finger pointer in the reading pack to help children learn to track the writing left to right and point at each word in turn. We talked in the presentation about making reading as fun as possible, this is one of the ways we use in school.

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During the presentation we talked about a few different aspects to reading:

Why we need to read? 

  • Better life chances
  • Makes life easier
  • Helps with all subjects in school
  • Because you enjoy it
  • Research shows that children who read for pleasure do better at school

Different types of reading

  • Reading storybooks and information books for enjoyment and bedtime stories
  • Reading school book band books for learning

What are Book Band Books? 

  • Levelled books designed to help support children learn to read
  • Emphasis is on the children reading
  • Adult supports the reading
  • Some are decodable phonics readers, some are not
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What about Storytime books? 

  • Books for enjoyment at any age
  • Doesn’t have to be a story, could be any book
  • Emphasis is on the adult reading
  • Child supports the reading and talks about the pictures
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We talked about what to do if your child won’t read with you because its not because they can’t read and its not because they can’t sit still. Some ideas for motivating your child are:

1.You have to make it exciting, be interested and impressed by whatever your child is reading

2.Make it funny- reinvent stories and find funny books to share.

3.Think outside the box- try ebooks, comics, letters and even chalk letters outside.

4.Read for a purpose and make it interesting.

5.Copy and collect- link reading to interests, such as Peppa Pig, dinosaurs and recommendations from other parents/ children.

Taken from https://blog.oxfordowl.co.uk/five-ways-to-encourage-reluctant-readers/

We also talked about what to do if you as a parent find reading more difficult:

–1. Have a go- the children will enjoy their time with you and appreciate your efforts.

2. –Look at a book yourself before looking at it with the children so there are no surprises.

–3. Work out difficult words together.

–4. Come and ask in school if you’re struggling. We are more than happy to help. 

We shared the Oxford Owl website where you can find more reading books to read at home. You can find it here: https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/

For Onyx class the username is Onyx and the password is Onyx123

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Please come and ask if you’ve got any questions in school about reading and how you can help your child.

Happy Reading! 

 

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Healthy Living Week

The week before half term was Healthy Living Week for the whole school. When we were talking about being healthy we decided that we needed to know more about which foods are healthy and which aren’t.

We found a funny book at fruit called Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges . After that we knew we wanted to try some different fruits. Can you think which one was our favourite? Which one is your favourite? 

Some of the fruit was a little bit sour! It made us pull some funny faces!

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We had to sound out to think how to spell all the different fruit names. Can you read them back? 

We talked about different foods and if they were healthy or not. We also talked about why they were not healthy, for example they have too much sugar or fat.

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Our parents were invited to a special workshop with us. If was wonderful to see so many parents and carers attend- thank you for coming! We had to work with them to teach them what we knew about healthy foods.

Everyone got a special Booktime book pack with their very own copy of Kitchen Disco to keep forever 🙂 We hope you’ve been reading it already.

We had some special visitors come to school to talk to us about staying healthy as well. The School Nurses came to talk to us about healthy eating and looking after our teeth.

What a busy week!

What have we been learning?

  • Which foods are healthy and which are not.
  • To try new foods and think about how to describe the taste.
  • To brush our teeth to keep them healthy.

How can you continue the learning at home?