Reading at East Tilbury Primary School
Here we are at the start of a new term and we are looking forward to another step up in your child’s reading progress and confidence. To ensure your children are reading at home, we will send out resources to help you support them. Your child will receive a new reading record and a banded reading book suited to their ability.
As you may remember, the school also use a reading programme called Bug Club and we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the ways you can help your child with their reading.
What is Bug Club?
Bug Club is a finely-levelled reading scheme, which ensures that all children can read books at exactly the right level for them. What’s more, there are online versions for every printed title and a personalised website for each child.
What do the Book Band Levels mean?
All school books and Bug Club books are graded into colour-coded Book Band levels, and within each level there is a carefully planned progression of books. This fine progression gives children plenty of opportunities to develop their reading skills.
Using the online reading world
If you have access to an internet connection, your child can enjoy reading Bug Club books online as well as in print. Each child has a unique homepage, and can log into it by following these steps:
1. Go to www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
2. Enter the login details.
3. Your child’s homepage will appear.
Reading a book online
Your child’s teacher will regularly allocate new books to your child according to their reading level and these books will appear on their personal homepage. By now your child should be quite used to the online environment and the process of answering quiz questions and earning ‘Bug Points’. If you haven’t already, why not ask your child to show you the books they have already read and how many rewards they have accumulated.
Until they are fluent readers, younger children will benefit from reading aloud to you as often as possible. By the time they are in Years 5 or 6, many children prefer to read silently to themselves. Create quiet opportunities for them to do so, but then talk to them about the book they are reading.
When sharing a book with your child, try to take opportunities to talk about the book – before, during and after reading.
Coming back to school made us very nervous, especially because we are now the oldest in the school, but seeing our friends and getting to know our class teacher soon made us feel better! Since being back we have played games to get to know each other, like the pirate game which was our favourite. We have also started learning about World War 2; how it began and which countries were Allied and Axis. We’ve even enjoyed maths, which is usually our least favourite subject! Another great thing about coming back to school in Year 6 was learning about the different responsibilities we could have. Many people were chosen to be prefects and we were chosen to be Wellbeing Ambassadors and the class school council representative. When we were chosen, we were so happy that we could help our friends and represent our school in these important roles. We are all looking forward to the rest of the year and our final year of primary school.
(RH – Wellbeing Ambassador, JC – Wellbeing Ambassador & AWC – School Council Representative)
Well, all the children have returned to school eager and ready to learn. It has been so nice to see them back in the classroom and there has been a ‘happy buzz’ around the school with children excitedly telling friends and adults about their adventures over the holidays. The children have impressed staff with how they have quickly adapted back into the daily school routines. They have been amazing!
Each class should have been introduced to their new topics for this half term and the children seem eager to explore these more, from toys in year 1 to Vikings in year 5, with discussions, questions and ideas are being shared in class. I can’t wait to see to amazing work that will be produced.