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1 Improving Standards in Literacy Parent Information session Jenna Jones Literacy/Numeracy Project Coordinator

2 Was it a positive experience? Who taught you to read? Research undertaken by Literacy Matters states that over 80% of those surveyed believed that their parents taught them to read

3 Reading Skills … a refresher

4 WORD RECOGNITION LANGUAGE COMPREHENSION Phonic knowledge Graphic knowledge Word recognition Contextual understanding Grammatical knowledge Reading Skills

5 How is Reading Taught in Schools?

6 Reading Skills … decoding

7 Memory Picture clues Sight recognition Phonic knowledge Decoding Print

8 POPAT Tric a Chlic How we teach decoding at YGG Abercynon

9 Story Sack Library

10 It gives the child an overview of the story so that they can concentrate on reading for meaning It prepares them for unfamiliar vocabulary enabling them to read with 95% success It gives the child more confidence to tackle the text Pre-Read Helping your child to decode

11 Sight recognition Rhyming words Sound buttons Blending/segmenting Picture clues Read sentence leaving out a word. Discuss what the word could be. Word games Positive reinforcement Helping your child to decode

12 Stay calm! Allow the child time to decode the word before telling them. Encourage sounding out Prompt the child to look at the pictures, there may be a clue. Encourage the child to re-read the sentence, or complete the sentence. When a child gets stuck

13 Reading Skills … understanding – (higher order reading skills)

14 Reading is a complex process. It involves more than just reading the words; it involves getting at the message behind the words. We can be fooled into thinking that learners can read effectively when, in fact, they are merely efficient decoders who gain little understanding of the writers’ message. What is Reading?

15 Many children are decoders, not readers. Children must know that text is supposed to make sense and they need explicit instruction in how to comprehend. What is Reading?

16 Making meaning from text

17 How is Reading Taught in Schools?

18 Guided reading sessions Whole class reading Use of technology How we teach higher-order reading skills at YGG Abercynon

19 Guided reading with teacher – approx. 6 in a group Follow-up activity from the guided reading session Independent reading Handwriting activity Spelling activities / games

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21 Be a great role model Let them catch you reading Let your children see that you get pleasure from reading Share your favourite books/reading material with them Show them the value of being able to read What Can You Do To Help Your Child?

22 Make the experience pleasurable Find a comfortable place Give them plenty of time Avoid interruptions Keep the time positive Stay clear of competition and comparisons with others – reading scheme-itis. What Can You Do To Help Your Child?

23 Provide a wide range of reading material A school reading book is only one part of a child’s reading repertoire What Can You Do To Help Your Child? Magazines Comics Information books Brochures Catalogues Flyers Newspapers Websites Take-away menus Instructions Guide books

24 8 magical strategies for improving comprehension Make connections Infer Predict Visualise Question Determine importance Synthesise Fix-up strategies What Can You Do To Help Your Child?

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26 Parent leaflets Please help yourself to the leaflets you think will be useful

27 "To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables Thank You!


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