At our school our children are taught to read using Phonics Play which is based on the Department for Education Letters and Sounds scheme. This is a well devised teaching programme and allows parents to use the games and activities on the Phonics Play website at home to support reading. We aim for most pupils can read fluently and with expression (as we talk not like a robot) by the end of Year 1. Year 2 pupils must be able to read 100 words a minute fluently and with expression to meet the Government "expected" criteria.
We use a variety of reading books to help children to read. Books should be fun and enjoyed together.
The scheme works on the principle that home reading should be fun and that children re-read familiar stories in their "story teller" voice so that they feel like successful readers and so enjoy "reading" at home. The scheme moves on briskly so please help us by encouraging your child to read their home book. Also, PLEASE let us know about the books you share at home so we can chat to your child about them. Parents reading a story (and chapter books eg Roald Dahl) is so important to widen children's vocabulary and experience of story which helps them in all areas of learning.
Research shows that children who read for fun do well at school and it all starts with bedtime stories!