16/5/2014

THOSE PRESENT – TRICIA OPALKO, EDDIE ROBINSON, SARAH ARMSTRONG, JULIA EVANS, FATHER PEPE, NICK GRIFFITHS

DISCUSSION TOPIC:  READING

The pupils were asked “Tell us about reading”

Year 1, 2 and reception
All the children were very keen to answer and talk about the books they liked reading. Miss Evans’ (Year 2) class were working on an assembly about Shakespeare. They told us they “liked Taming of the Shrew” they had also like Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. They also liked Midsummer Night’s Dream and talked animatedly about some of the characters.

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6
The juniors were asked about reading and the responses were enthusiastic. “Our school really encourages reading”, “reading is a big help to everything else you do”, “reading is a very important part of life,  you need reading for everything.” The children told us that once they had reached free reader stage (at about stage 15) they could choose their own books from the library.  They said the library was well stocked with plenty of choice.

When asked who likes reading, every child put up its hand.

The infant group were asked about guided reading.
Approximately once a week a small group of children will each read a page of a book to the teacher and rest of the group. The group will discuss the book and their teacher asks them questions about the story.

The pupils were asked about reading comprehensions.
Year 1, 2 and reception
The children told the Governors that they are given a comprehension to do about once a month on their current reading book. They do this at home. One year 1 child informed us “you can look for the answer in the book”.

Year 3, 4,5 and 6
The children also do comprehensions or book reviews at home on their class books and also work on comprehensions in class.

The pupils were asked “How often do you read at home?”
Year 1, 2 and reception
Almost all the children said they read at home every night, mainly to their Mum or Dad.

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
The children who are free readers told the governors they still recorded any reading out loud at home in their reading record and they are encouraged to read out loud. They don’t all read every night out loud to their parents. Encouragement from parents is evident.

Some told us they prefer to read in their heads: “Every day I prefer reading in my head as it is quicker” and “I like reading my Harry Potter book in my head”.

They recommend books to each other. The children then told the governors very enthusiastically what their favourite books were.  Examples are, David Walliams, the Harry Potter books and Roald Dahl.

The pupils were asked about phonics and whether it is useful in their reading.
Year 1, 2 and reception
“You have a white board and pen”, one of the children told the governors, “you have to try to write out the sounds”.  The children explained what they did in their lessons and how they sound out words that they find tricky or haven’t seen before.

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
The children use the following tools/techniques to deal with words they haven’t seen before: sounding the word out, ask a parent/teacher for help, or split the word up. Some of the older children mentioned they use a dictionary to assist them.

At the end of the session the children were asked whether they preferred fiction or non-fiction. In both groups the majority preferred fiction, with several undecided

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