Last week, children across the school were immersing themselves in poetry; each year group studied a comedic version of a classic fairy tale from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.
Each day, we read the same poem, but was introduced to a different reading skill. On Monday, the children were retrieving information; a skill where they are expected to skim and scan to find the information and pick it out from the text. After children had scanned the text on Monday, on Tuesday they became detectives with inference and used clues and evidence to read between the lines. Wednesday saw our children explaining how meaning is enhanced through the writer’s choice of words and phrases; they began to understand how one word can change the whole meaning of a sentence. Finally, on Thursday, we summed up the poem and explained what the text was really about and what message could be learnt.
- Encourage them to read material around the house: books, newspapers, magazines, poetry, the TV guide – even an advertising leaflet will do!
- Enjoy stories with your child – most children love a story and they are never too old to be read to.
- Read little but often rather than rarely but for long periods of time.
- Talk to your child about the story when it is finished. What was their favourite part? Why? Try using one of the skills above to really extend their comprehension.
- Look up definitions of words together – an online dictionary is a really useful thing!
- Visit a library when you can... allow your child to lose themselves in magical worlds.
- Don’t forget Bug Club. If your child isn’t sure how to access this, ask their teacher