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Year 1 2021 - 2022

Miss Burgum

Mrs Farrell


Reading at Broad Oak in Year 1

At Broad Oak children will learn to read with confidence, fluency and understanding, providing them with the skills required to achieve a lifetime of enjoyment through reading. Children read in school independently, with peers and as a shared class session. They listen to adults and other children read, taking part in paired reading and discussions.

During their time in Early Years, the children have taken part in many activities that promote pre-reading skills. The children are aware of print in their environment and they have matched pictures and words. Language comprehension has been developed by talking and reading to the children. The children have also gained some phonic knowledge and started the process of decoding words.

In Year 1 we will continue this by focussing on the teaching of phonics according to the children’s individual level of knowledge. As well as Guided Reading group work each day and sharing a book each day for our Literacy work.

Our home reading books are organised into coloured book bands and include books from a range of schemes, such as and including Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star Readers, Collins Big Cat, Floppy Phonics, and Sunshine Spirals. Through both scheme books and ‘real’ (non-scheme) books, children are taught key comprehension skills:


Vocabulary Find and explain the meaning of words in context.


Make and justify interpretations about characters and events using evidence from the text.


Predict what might happen from the details given and implied in a text.


Explain preferences, thoughts and opinions about a text.

Identify/explain how information/narrative content is related and contributes to the meaning as a whole. Identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases. Make comparisons within the text.


Retrieve and record key information/details from fiction and non-fiction texts.


Order the key events of a story in the correct sequence.

Children are assessed regularly and move onto the next book band when their fluency and comprehension show that they are ready.

How you can help your child at home with reading.

Daily reading practice will help develop children’s decoding and comprehension skills, although it is not expected that they will read a whole book every night. Children may only read three or four pages, but will spend longer discussing their understanding of what they have read in order to progress in developing their comprehension skills. We would encourage children to read a variety of texts on a regular basis, even taking opportunities to note and read texts in their environment such as road signs, leaflets, information posters, newspapers etc. Please feel free to share these experiences in their home reading record and encourage them to share their opinions about the texts they have read. Please return your child’s reading book each week as it is important that they are excited about reading their new book each week. Reading is the foundation for all subjects and the more fluently they can read, the better their life chances are.

Top tips for reading with your child.

  1. CHOOSE A QUIET TIME - Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. 10 to 15 minutes is usually long enough.

  2. MAKE READING ENJOYABLE - Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest, then do something else.

  3. MAINTAIN THE FLOW - If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Allow your child to self-correct, using their phonics skills. You can always discuss mispronounced word at the end of your reading time.

  4. SUCCESS IS THE KEY - Until your child has built up his or her confidence, it is better to keep to easier books. Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless because the flow is lost, the text cannot be understood, and children can easily become reluctant readers.

  5. VISIT THE LIBRARY - Encourage your child to use the public library regularly.

  6. REGULAR PRACTICE - Try to read with your child every day. Little and often is best.

  7. COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCHOOL - Your child has a reading record book and we would love to hear the children’s opinions of the texts they read and their progress.

  8. TALK ABOUT THE BOOKS - There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Being able to understand what has been read is just as important. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, and their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.

  9. VARIETY IS IMPORTANT - Remember that children need to experience a variety of reading materials eg. picture books, hardbacks, comics, magazines, poems, recipes, instructions and information books.


What does the word ………. mean in this sentence?

Find a word and copy the word and what it means.

What does this word or phrase tell you about ………?

Which word in this section do you think is the most important? Why?

Which of the words best describes the character/setting/mood etc?

Can you think of any other words the author could have used to describe this?

Why do you think ………. is repeated in this section?


Why was……. feeling……..?

Why did ………… happen?

Why did ………. say ……….?

Can you explain why……….?

What do you think the author meant when they said……….?

How does ………. make you feel?


Look at the book cover/blurb – what do you think this book will be about?

What do you think will happen next? What makes you

think this?

How does the choice of character or setting affect what

will happen next?

What is happening? What do you think happened

before? What do you think will happen after? What do you think?


Who is your favourite character? Why?

Why do you think the …. Is the main character in this book?

Would you like to live in this setting? Why/why not?

Is there anything you would change about this story?

Do you like this text? What do you like about it?


Is this a story or an information book?

Who did…..?

Where did…..?

When did…..?

What happened when…..?

Why did …….. happen?

How did …….?

How many…..?

What happened to……?



What happened after …….?

What was the first thing that happened in the story?

Can you tell me what happens in the beginning/middle/end of the story?


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