Reading is very important for any age group but especially this year. We actively encourage children to read everyday and this does not always have to be a reading book. Some other ideas are newspaper articles, magazines, food labels, signs or maybe even reading to a younger sibling. I am sure you and your children can be a lot more creative than we are! We would love the children to develop a pleasure for reading and it is essential that children experience a variety of books and texts so they can find a style or genre which suits them.
When Miss Thackray was younger and in Year 1 she developed a love for Roald Dahl books and would read them every day! When Mrs Hesketh was younger, she also loved Roald Dahl books but really enjoyed 'The Secret Seven' by Enid Blyton and loved to read about the adventures and mysteries Peter and Janet would solve! Who is going to be your favourite author in Year 1? We cannot wait to know.
The school reading books are brilliant to develop confidence, fluency, decoding skills and recognition of tricky and high frequency words. Another focus in Year 1 alongside the phonics is to develop comprehension skills. It is essential that you ask your child questions about the book when you are reading with them. We have linked some examples of questions at the bottom of the Year 1 class page. If you would like anymore information on this please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.
The EYFS/KS1 staff are meeting very soon to discuss recommended texts for each year group. As soon as we have decided on the books, we will add them to this page. We will be looking at the selected stories repeatedly across the year.
Some books which we will be looking at for the first half term are:
Traction Man - Mini Grey
Old Bear - Jane Hissey
Dogger - Shirley Hughes
Lost in the Toy Museum - David Lucas
Ruby's Worry - Tom Percival
The Selfish Crocodile - Faustin Charles
The Hare and the Tortoise