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In the fast-paced digital world that we live in, it is worth considering for a moment the time we dedicate to exploring reading for pleasure.
Big Reading is a whole-class guided reading approach that gives pupils the time to enjoy the books they are reading and talk about the texts in more detail. Pupils are given time to work collaboratively to build their reading skills and knowledge, leading to a deeper understanding of what they read.
The Big Reading characters help us understand and develop our key reading skills.
Rex the Retriever – helps develop our retrieval skills
Expi the Explorer – helps us understand how authors use language
Ansa the Analyser – helps us understand the key features of different texts
Dood the Detective – helps us with our deduction and inference skills
From KS1 pupils start to explore reading skills through 1hour Big Reading style lessons.
In KS2 reading lessons take place over three days:
Monday – Big Reading Lesson
The class text is shared and read, with the teacher explicitly modelling reading skills and prompting whole-class discussions about the text.
Pupils work collaboratively in groups to practise the skill modelled in the previous lesson.
Pupils work individually to complete a mini mission task in which they have to independently apply the skill being focused on.
In conjunction with Big Reading all pupils read independently or with an adult for 15mins a day.
Information for Parents: Reading at Home
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go". – Dr. Seuss
Reading regularly with your child helps them to discover which books, authors and genres they enjoy the most.
There is a growing body of evidence which supports the idea that reading for pleasure has a positive impact on academic achievement. However, evidence suggests that reading for pleasure is an activity that not only impacts on achievement, but also has emotional and social consequences (Clark and Rumbold, 2006).
We know that the demands of everyday life can be great, but finding the time each day to share a book with your child or encouraging them to read could help shape them.
Here are some useful websites full of helpful support and tips for helping your child with their reading: