We all know that reading to children is important. But did you know that children who are read to every day have many advantages and benefits. Not only does reading enhance a child’s vocabulary, and to help them understand how to read and write, but reading aloud to children also helps them to understand different topics about the world and every day life. The importance of reading cannot be emphasised enough in young children we need to make reading a priority and make it fun!
So make sure you are still sharing stories with your children as well as them reading to you.
Your child will be given a reading book, along with a reading record.
Books will be changed on a Tuesday and Thursday. This gives you the opportunity to read the book more than once with your child. In the reading records provided please write in the book when you have read and finished the book so we know to change them, without this we do not change the books. The children are then responsible to put their books in the box every morning so we can check for messages and change the books. Thank you.
This will relate to the topic covered in the lessons during that week. It will be differentiated 3 ways, linking to our challenge for all curriculum. It is up to your child which level of challenge they choose. They only have to choose one. They do not have to complete all three challenges, but they can do if they wish.
The Spelling lists for Year One follow our phonics scheme. They will have a set of words to learn that week and will then be tested in class.
Finally, the learning log tasks will relate to our half termly topic that is being covered. There is no set way for the children to complete this task, so they can use their own ideas and creativity!
The idea behind the Learning Logs is to allow the children to express their work in their own individual way meeting a given learning objective (WALT – “We Are Learning To....”).
The model for using learning logs is unique in the fact that all the logs are individualised. Each child is given the freedom to express their understanding in any way they like. Children are able to show that they reached their learning objective in lots of different ways. They may choose to do a piece of writing or draw a picture to show their understanding. They may choose to do some further research around a topic and include this. Giving children this freedom allows them to think creatively and promotes independent learning in an accelerated way. This level of freedom acts as a great motivator for children and they begin to collaborate with their peers to share ideas and understanding. This style of learning log is flexible, exciting and personalised, which will support children and parents alike.
Once a fortnight we will set the children, a WALT (learning objective) and they will record this in their Learning Log. At home, your child is required to complete a piece of work that will show evidence of the ways they are learning about this objective. This can be as much or as little as you have the time for, depending on what else you have going on!