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Dear Parents/ Guardians,
As many of you are aware, within our school, we use the Read Write Inc programme to teach your little person how to read. This involves the daily teaching of sounds and word-reading skills, as well as focusing on comprehension. To help your child even more, we have recently invested in Read Write Inc Book Bag books which your child will bring home throughout the year as their home reading book.
Each week, your child’s Read Write Inc teacher will send two books home. One book (a black and white one) is a copy of the book they are reading in class and so they should be able to confidently read this to you. The second book contains the same sounds that they have been learning, but gives them the chance to read a new book to practise their skills more. Each book should be read as often as possible and logged on their online reading record on Seesaw (this can be found in the Activities section in your child’s folder). More details about this platform are on their way!
Later in the year, as your child gains in confidence, they will have the opportunity to bring home a third book. This will be from one of the book schemes we already have in school. These have all been regrouped to align with the RWI programme and will largely (but not exclusively) contain sounds your child knows. They may need a helping hand with some of the words within the book, but should largely be read independently.
Please make sure your child has their books within school every day to enable us to read with them whenever possible. Please also make sure that the books remain in excellent condition. As you can appreciate, the books are a huge investment and we would like to ensure that our pupils, for years to come, are able to enjoy them. All books will be catalogued, and any that return damaged will incur a fee of £3.
When will my child’s book be changed?
Your child will receive their two new RWI books on a Tuesday and will return them to school on a Friday. This year, more than ever, it is vital that the books are returned promptly to allow for them to be quarantined for the recommended 72 hours before another pupil receives them. It would also be a good idea to wash your hands both before and after use. We will reassess this as the year progresses.
How do the books work?
How often should I read with my child?
Reading daily is vital to your child’s reading success. We know this is very difficult in our busy households, but research tells us (countless times!) that those who do can read at a significantly greater level than those that don’t. Given that reading ability is a key predictor in children’s overall academic success, we prioritise it from the off and know that you do too.
Ideally both books should be read twice each, but due to the need to quarantine the books due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this may prove difficult. Aim to read each night- the black and white book once (this is the one they’ve read in school), and the coloured book twice. On the evenings that your child does not have a book to read, you could: