The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.
The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of 2 dimensions:
- word reading
- comprehension (both listening and reading)
It is essential that teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each.
Reading with your children and listening to your child read is an essential part of their learning. There are links to e-books that are available for you download or read online.
In order to facilitate comprehension, ask questions about what the children are reading and encourage them to describe what they have read. Children to understand the vocabulary within the context of the story/text and be able to sequence the events in the text.
The Accelerated Reader scheme is available for children so they can continue to quiz at KS2 to encourage children to read regularly.
Home learning provides daily opportunities for children to read and complete comprehension texts for their understanding. There is teacher support available every day and access to 'live and recorded lessons' which will engage and explain key concepts to children. It will also provide feedback to children to move their learning forward.
Online English resources for home learning: from DfE
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Reading for pleasure
Reading videos and comprehension
BBC Bitesize Learning at Home
There are videos, quizzes and activities from EYFS to year 6.
If you are struggling to get hold of books to read. These websites are great to use, have a look!
- Oxford Owl free ebooks – this website gives you access to over 100 free books which can be read on tablets and computers. All you need to do is set up a free account by following the instructions on the website.
- Kirklees E Library – as it is not possible to visit a Kirklees library at present, the library service are adding lots of extra eBooks to their collection. Don’t worry if you aren’t a member, you can join online and they will provide you with a PIN number so that you can download books. Visit their website for more details
- Elevenses with the World of David Walliams. Every day at 11am a new audio story will released from one of David Walliams’ books on sound cloud.
- Audible stories by Amazon are offering free audio stories to stream on laptops, phones, tablets and desktop computers for the duration of school closures
- Piers Today author of The Dark Wild is reading his book on Youtube. Please google his name and the book to access this.
- Celebrities are reading books online follow the link. https://www.storylineonline.net/