“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” Emilie Buchwald
At St Mary’s we strive to foster a love of reading at school and at home. At school we teach your child to read through systematic, daily phonics lessons and through Guided Reading sessions where strategies for reading are explicitly taught.
Reading daily at home provides your child with an opportunity to practice the skills that they have been learning.
The books that your child will bring home to practice reading will be at an easier level than the books that they have read during the Guided Reading session. Reading an easier book means your child can use all their reading strategies more readily and will see themselves as a successful, active reader.
We aim for your child to be a successful reader by 6 years of age and for them to leave St Mary’s as competent, fluent readers who read for pleasure on a regular basis. Your role in this is vital.
You will find a download at the bottom of this page which suggests books and authors that they should enjoy at different age groups within school.
There is also a link below to 'Jackanory' picture books brought alive and read aloud.
You will most likely find the books on the list in your local library. Local charity shops are also a great place to pick up cheap, quality books. We have also created a list of favourite reads suggested by parents and grandparents of children in school.
Should you need any support with helping your child to read please don’t hesitate to contact the school.
There is also a fantastic article written by Michael Morpurgo outlining 101 books every child should read which you can link to here
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Seuss I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
We have put together some suggested reading lists for you and your child to work through. If you have any other suggestions to add please email them into the School Office firstname.lastname@example.org