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At Maltby Lilly Hall Academy we place teaching children to read at the centre  of our curriculum.  We believe reading to be a vital life skill which is essential for our children if they are to function as adult members of society.

We begin our children's journey to becoming a reader by immersing them in quality children's books.  We read stories to our children every day.  Every classroom has an inviting book area where children can sit and read for pleasure.  Our main aim is to foster a love of books in all our children.

In Foundation we introduce our children to the phonic skills they will need in order to access books for themselves.  From September 2015 we will use 'Read, Write Inc.' to teach our children the complex code on which our language system is built.  We then introduce the children to books which they can decode using their current phonic knowledge.  We regularly assess their phonic skills to ensure the books they are reading at the right level of challenge.

We apply these phonic skills in guided reading, when the children read with an adult and discuss a text in detail.  We teach our children how to analyse texts, to identify ways in which the authoris of texts have developed their books and through this our children become fluent and confident readers.  They also learn the craft of the writer by analysing how books have been written.

Our older children also take part in the Accelerated Reader programme, which further develops their confidence and fluency as readers.

Helping your child to read at home

Reading with your child is vital.  Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education.  It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.

We send appropriate books home with your child every day.  There will always be a book which matches the current reading attainment of your child.  This book will be a book read as part of guided reading teachng or 'Read, Write Inc.'  There may also be another book which your child has selected to share with you.

Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be.  If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.

Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:

* Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.

* Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.

* Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.