At Jupiter, we use The Literacy Tree scheme. We believe the exposure of children’s literature within the primary school setting is vital as a rich context for learning; not only within English as a subject but to support building a reading culture throughout the school. We use high quality books that offer opportunities for empathy and can aid philosophical enquiry, as a means of developing the spoken language requirements through debate, drama and discussion using the issues raised through, and within, the text.
We want our children to enjoy and be proud of their writing across many genres, in all areas of the curriculum. We want them to become confident and lifelong readers who love the world of books and read for pleasure. We want our library to be used properly by all children.
At Jupiter, we follow a reading scheme that is made up of Oxford Reading Tree and Bug Club reading books. These are split into levels that the children work through until they become free readers and move onto books in our library. Early reading books are split into sub-levels that closely link to the phonic level of each individual child to enable then to practise and use their phonic knowledge.
When listening to your child read at home every evening, it is important to focus on their comprehension skills as much as their decoding of the text. The following link provides ideas for discussion starters, ways of asking questions and generally provides support for parents and carers. You will find this an extremely helpful tool to help move your child's reading forward and keep them interested and challenged.
The prompt sheet is structured for Reception/Year 1/Year 2 and then for Year 3 upwards, however there will obviously be younger children who would benefit from working on older concepts and older children who would become more confident by revising some of the earlier support ideas.
Please feel free to print out this sheet and use it when reading with your child at home.