Ashurst Wood Primary School
Ashurst Wood Primary School
Ashurst Wood Primary School
Ashurst Wood Primary School

Reading at Ashurst Wood 

At Ashurst Wood Primary School we teach reading through a variety of approaches.


When children start school and in the early years they are taught synthetic phonics and read fully decodable books until they are secure in all 44 sounds. Once the mechanics of reading is established they progress through phonically decodable books and banded reading books. The banded books are comprised of 'real books' and reading scheme books and are banded in different colours providing a clear progression.


Reading approaches include:

  • individual reading to the teacher, teaching assistant or parent helper
  • guided reading
  • reading comprehension activities
  • whole class sharing of texts
  • quiet reading time
  • book clubs (All the children read the same text and then discuss the book in a group)
  • listening to stories and story tapes
  • using the school library and borrowing library books.



Reading with your child is vitual.  Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education.  


Here are some ways you can help.

Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make reading a positive experience.


1. Regular practice

Try to read with your child on most School days.  'Little and often' is best.  What you do at home really maximises what the staff do in School.  If you can read to your child every night, even if it's only a couple of pages, it will really help your child make progress.  Sometimes it's the last thing you feel like doing in the evening, but this probably the most important way you can help you child get into reading.  Moreover - they love it!


2. Make reading enjoyable

Make reading an enjoyable experience.  Sit with your child.  Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant.  If your child loses interest then do something else.

3. Maintain the flow

If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately.  Instead allow opportunity for self-correction.  It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters.  If your child does try to 'sound out' words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than 'alphabet names'.


4. Be positive

If your child says something nearly right to start with, that is fine.  Don't say 'No, that's wrong,' but 'let's read it together' and point to the words as you say them.  Boost your child's confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.


5. Success is the key

Parents anxious for a child to progress can mistakenly give a child a book that is too difficult.  This can have the opposite effect to the one they are wanting.  Remember; 'nothing succeeds like success'.  Until your child has built up his or her confidence, it is better to keep to easier book.  Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless.  Flow is lost, text cannot be understood and children can easily become reluctant readers.


6. Visit the Library

Encourage your child to use the public library regularly.


7. Communicate

Your child will have a reading diary in KS1.  Try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns.  Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading.

8. Talk about the books

There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately.  Just as important is being able to understand what has been read.  Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures; the characters; how they think the story will end and their favourite part.  You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.


9. Variety is important

Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials e.g. picture books, hard backs, comics, magazines, poems and information books.

10. Read your books and magazines while your children read

Children learn by copying, whether consciously or subconsciously.  So you should try to read.  Curl up on the sofa with the paper, a magazine or a book and encourage your child to do the same with their book, even just for five or ten minutes.  Try to make this part of your routine.  This is a lovely quiet time.


11. Cut out interesting articles from the newspaper that would interest your child - funny or serious - football, animals, local people or places they know.  Read them out loud, pointing to the words.  Pursue any discussion that follows - this is a great vocabulary builder.

12. Play word games on the go

In the car, restaurants, waiting rooms ..... play I spy; word association (first word you think of when I say 'cat'); make a sentence using each letter in turn of the car registration plate in front.


13. Talk with your child's teacher

If you are concerned that your child is not reading as competently as you would expect, discuss this with their teacher.

Our Vision

We believe that everyone has a talent, and we work together to achieve full potential and bring out the best in every individual.

Our School is known as:  


Successful, thriving and forward-looking;


A place where children enjoy learning in a happy, supportive environment;

A place where every individual makes a positive contribution, whether that is in school, in our community or in the wider world.

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