Learning to read with fluency and understanding is an essential skill. At Wheatfield we aim for every child to get off to an excellent start as a reader and develop a love of books as they progress through the school. Learning to read opens up new worlds to children and enables them to access information independently. Becoming a proficient reader is essential as reading underpins almost every area of the curriculum.
When children start Reception, we begin by teaching phonics (the relationship between letters and sounds) - please see our phonics page for further details. As children move into Key Stage 1(Years 1 and 2) they are taught to read books with increasingly complex stories and information. They are also encouraged to appreciate different genres and styles of writing - from poetry to sets of instructions. In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) children are taught to explore texts in greater depth, investigating how authors create suspense, craft characters and plan out plots.
We want to inspire children to read and hope that our children will be lifelong readers who can always find solace and comfort in the pages of a good book.
Inspired to Read
Reading regularly with your child is so important - we really can't over-emphasise what a huge difference this will make to your child's reading progress. We strongly encourage families to hear their child read as often as possible.
Sharing stories is also really important (as well as a lot of fun). Young children in particular love hearing stories read aloud (often the same ones over and over again). Older children enjoy having chapter books read to them or following the, 'I read a page / you read a page' routine.
At Wheatfield we operate a reading incentive, 'Inspired to Read'. Each time your child reads 50 times they are able to choose a book which is signed by the headteacher. They also get to put their name in the, 'Inspired to Read' record and collect a limited edition, 'Inspired to Read' sticker!
Bradley Stoke Library
If you aren't already a member then we would strongly urge you to join Bradley Stoke library. It's free to join and it will offer your whole family access to thousands of books. Even if your child has a well-stocked bookshelf at home, visiting the library is still really important and will help to expand your child's reading repertoire.
You can contact the library on: 01454 868006 or Bradleystoke.firstname.lastname@example.org
There are so many good books to choose from but we understand that sometimes children and families may need a little helping hand to find a book that is age appropriate.
The lists below have been put together to help. Whilst they are separated into year groups this is simply a guide - some children may enjoy books from the younger years and others from the older ones. As long as your child has a book which they are motivated to read, that is the main thing.
Reception Recommended Reading List
Year 1 Recommended Reading List
Year 2 Recommended Reading List