Reading is at the centre of all we do at Whitstone. Our mission is to install a love of reading and learning through books. Reading for pleasure and for knowledge is a vital part of our school's ethos. Listening to your child read every night and reading to them is incredibly important. Spending this time with your child as often as possible will make a significant difference to, not only their reading ability , but their success as a learner across the curriculum.
Please click on the links below to gain information about how we teach reading, the benefits of reading and ideas on what to read.
Every half term, each class has a high quality core text that is studied in depth. It forms the source of the whole class guided reading sessions, is a source for language exploration and forms the starting point for our written work.
How we teach early reading
Children who read often and widely get better at it.
Practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.
Reading exercises our brain.
Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.
Reading improves concentration.
Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.
Reading teaches children about the world around them.
Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.
Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.
Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.
Reading develops a child's imagination.
As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Children then bring this knowledge into their writing.
Reading helps children to develop empathy.
As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.
Reading is a fun.
A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere. You'll never be bored if you have a book in your bag.
Reading is a great way to spend time together.
Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.
Children who read achieve better in school.
Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.