Reading at Home

Don't forget to sign up to, and take part in, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020!

For more information watch the video below, see our Parent Mail or follow the link to the website https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

This year’s Challenge is different – it’s a digital Challenge! As always, it’s free to access, featuring games, quizzes and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in reading related activities at home. Children can choose their own reading goals, create book reviews, play games and collect virtual rewards. Parents and guardians can register their children online at www.sillysquad.org.uk via the safe, sign-up process.

This year’s title is “Silly Squad”, focusing on funny books, happiness & things that make us laugh. Children taking part in the challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into many different kinds of funny books. It features bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang; Evil Emperor Penguin).

Although most library buildings are closed, Kent Libraries will continue to deliver the Summer Reading Challenge by promoting it to families, and eBooks and eAudio books are free to borrow from www.kent.gov.uk/libraries with titles for children as well as adults. EBooks and eAudio books are automatically returned so you don’t need to keep an eye on the due date! If you need help with online catalogue, contact the Ask A Kent Librarian Team https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries/free-computers-and-wifi/ask-a-kent-librarian

Supporting Reading at Home During School Closures

During this strange time of home schooling, amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are keen for our children to continue growing as readers. Many parents are asking how they can best support reading, when access to school books/ libraries etc. is limited.

Ultimately, any reading is better than no reading - whether that's the back of a cereal packet, the instructions in a recipe or the newspaper! It doesn't matter. And reading is so much more than just listening to your child read their school book.

Here are suggestions of how you can support your children with reading during this time at home.

Remember to contact your child's class teacher if you need further support.

What can we read?

Unfortunately due to school closures and social distancing, we are unable to provide children with a daily school reading book. It can be hard to know what to read, especially with younger children. Here are a few suggestions!

KS1

  • Use Collins Big Cat e-books - These books link to our school scheme and support children in the early stages of reading. These books should be familiar to your child and have a range of quizzes/ interactive elements too.
  • Oxford Owl - Oxford Owl have a range of free e-books which are similar to the books we use in school. They also provide lots of useful advice for parents about reading with children in KS1. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-age-4-5-reception/
  • Read to your child - Reading to your child has numerous benefits and is so important. It's essential to model good reading to children and it's also a lovely experience to share books with children. Don't underestimate the power of reading to your child.
  • Keep up phonics work to support decoding - Phonics Play is a free website during the Covid-19 Pandemic and has a wealth of resources your child can interact with. You can also find suggestions of practical phonics ideas on Mrs Dyer's virtual classroom (click button to the right). Working on decoding skills is highly valuable for young children.
  • Talk about books - Reading isn't just about reading and decoding the words on the page. It's essential that children develop understanding of what they are reading. Talking about pictures or stories will really support this. Our parent reading guides give ideas of questions you can use when talking about books with your child. Click the green button (to the right) to go to our guides.
  • Listen to Audio Books - There are so many audio books available for free. Listening to a story and then talking about it or answering questions about it is a really useful activity.
  • Amazon Kindle - You can sign up for a month long free trial and this gives access to lots of books.
  • Read books you have at home together. Take it in turns to read sentences and find words your child will be able to read within the stories you have in your own collections.
  • Enjoy listening to or watching authors read stories online! https://www.youtube.com/user/puffinbooks1/videos
  • Enjoy Michael Rosen's stories and poems https://www.youtube.com/user/artificedesign/videos
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KS2

  • Use whatever you've got at home! Support your child in choosing books to read that you've got at home. Dig out books you may have lurking on a bookshelf somewhere. Where necessary, take it in turns to read from the books and spend lots of time chatting about what's been read. Challenge them to read things they may not normally choose.
  • Listen to Audio Books - There are so many audio books available for free. Listening to a story and then talking about it or answering questions about it is a really useful activity. Deep discussion and questioning around a text will really support comprehension skill development.
  • Amazon Kindle - You can sign up for a month long free trial and this gives access to lots of books.
  • Read to your child and talk, talk talk! Reading to your child has numerous benefits and is so important. It's essential to model good reading to children and it's also a lovely experience to share books with children. Don't underestimate the power of reading to your child and then talking in detail about what you've read. Click the button to the right to see our parent guides, which include good questions to ask children when reading.
  • Oxford Owl E-Books - Oxford Owl has a huge range of resources to support reading at home. Follow this link and select your child's age range for tips and free e-books. https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/
  • Work on Comprehension Skills - Use Read Theory as set by your teachers, or try BBC Bitesize to help your child work on comprehension skills. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zs44jxs
  • If you are not sure what to give your child next in terms of reading choices, this website has fantastic ideas of how to help your child branch out in their reading https://www.booksfortopics.com/branching-out .
  • Enjoy listening to or watching authors read stories online! https://www.youtube.com/user/puffinbooks1/videos
  • Enjoy Michael Rosen's stories and poems https://www.youtube.com/user/artificedesign/videos
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Adding to Your Book Collection

You can find some recommended reads for the summer holidays by following this link https://www.worldbookday.com/news-press/news/

There are a number of fabulous new books you might enjoy, for all ages. Here are a few suggestions from the World Book Day reading lists, but do check out the website for more. Remember you can also find recommended reading lists here https://www.booksfortopics.com/key-stage-book-lists .

Ages 0-5

While We Can’t Hug, by Eoin McLaughlin, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, published by Faber

From the team behind the bestselling The Hug, comes a heart-warming picture book that shows us how to be affectionate while social distancing.

Ages 0-5

A brilliantly entertaining ‘be-careful-what-you-wish-for’ tale that’s full of farmyard fun – from the bestselling Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Anna Currey in her charming, classic style.

Ages 5-8

The bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator Rob Biddulph is the genius behind the phenomenal, viral sensation that is DRAW WITH ROB! His original hit videos are available on www.robbiddulph.com,

Ages 5-8

Planet Omar: Incredible Rescue Mission by Zanib Mian published by Hodder Children’s Books

Ages 8-12

A remarkable graphic novel depicting life in a refugee camp through the eyes of a child. Omar Mohamed’s heart-wrenching true story of growing up in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya is brought to life with stunning illustrations from bestselling graphic novelist, Victoria Jamieson.

Ages 8-12

Behind the Scenes at the Museum, published by DK

Take an exclusive tour of the world’s most exciting museums and discover their hidden treasures.

Ages 8-12

My Headteacher is an Evil Genius written and illustrated by Jack Noel, published by Walker Books

Meet Tom Ginger. She’s shy! she’s retiring! She’s … our only hope!

Not exactly the stuff that heroes are made of – or is it?

Ages 8-12

Maxx is an alien: a real one – from the planet Zerg. He’s on Earth to research these strange things called emotions that humans have (and eat as much chocolate as he can). But some of the humans seem to think Maxx’s new human friend Jibreel is an alien too, and Maxx just can’t figure it out. Why would coming from another country make you an alien?!

Additional Audio Books and Activities

Free audio books and other resources can be found on the World Book Day website...

https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/

Things to make and do related to reading can also be found on the World Book Day website. Click the image above...

The Library

Although you cannot physically visit the local library, there are many digital resources you can access through the library. You need a free account, but then you can access ebooks, audiobooks, emagazines and more.

For more information, follow these links.

https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries

https://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/libraries/ebooks-eaudiobooks-emagazines-enewspapers

Reading to Your Child

For some parents, reading stories aloud comes naturally. For others, it can be a little outside of their comfort zone. However, it is hugely beneficial for you and your children to enjoy storytime together. Make the most of the time you have at home together and enjoy endless storytime.

Follow this link to find out how to make storytime that little bit more magical. https://ounews.co/education-languages-health/childhood-youth/reading-with-children-7-steps-to-making-it-magical/