Welcome to our class reading page! Here at the Arches, we aim to ensure that all children become confident and fluent in reading both at home and in school. Our aim is for all pupils to develop a love and enjoyment of reading for pleasure. We hope to achieve this through providing high quality, engaging texts, creating welcoming reading areas and modelling reading for pleasure. Reading is a high priority across the school here at The Arches and children have numerous oppurtunities to read for diffrent purposes within English and across other areas of the curriculum. 

Remember, as the infamous Roald Dahl once said.. "Books shouldnt be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives terrific advantage!" 


Moving into Key Stage 2

In year 3, children learn and practise comprehension skills during daily guided reading sessions as well as other daily oppurtunities for reading for pleasure; either through whole class story time or quiet reading. All children are additionally supported through 1:1 reading sessions with the teaching staff of Violet on a weekly basis. To learn a little bit more about the year 3 reading curriculum, take a look at the national curriculum programme of study for year 3 for more information. 



Please don't forget to read with your child EVERY night and sign their book including the book title alongside the date and your signature. If children do not read at home they will be given extra support during break time that day. Children are also encouraged to access Bug Club from home; books have been allocated specifically to current reading and guided reading levels.


For all readers, parents are able to offer invaluable support by taking the time to talk to your children about the books and regularly listening to them reading aloud. As well as fictional books, a variety of texts is crucial when aiming to better our comprehension skills and knowledge of literacy. This can include magazines, newspapers and non-fiction texts - whatever it is, all texts should be encouraged! By questioning your children about the texts they are enjoying, a deeper understanding can be developed. A range of questions that may help include; 


  • What is the genre of the book? Fiction or non-fiction?
  • How do you know?
  • What has happened in the book so far?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Who is your favourite/least favourite character? Why?
  • Have your opinions changed? Why?
  • Is there a moral to the story?
  • Were there predictions correct?
  • Would you recommend this book to anyone and why? 


Such questions will better a child's comprehension skills and their general skills when approaching decoding. If the book is non-fiction, ask your child about its content - can they do some further research and talk to you more about the topic? If there are tricky words your child is struggling to understand, ask them to research the meaning of this word or research the meaning together and then discuss the meaning with them to allow them to successfully use this word again in their own writing pieces. Developing a broader vocabulary will considerably help children to better their personal pieces of writing. 


School reading

Guided reading is 'small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports pupils in developing reading proficiency'. The small group model allows children to be taught in a way that is intended to be more focused on their specific needs, accelerating their progres. 

Guided reading sessions are carried out every day and targeted guided reading is used to support each child. Some children may have a guided read every day with Miss Hancock or Mrs Liversage and all children will receive at least one guided reading session a week. In this sessions, books read are a colour higher than a child's home reading book and questions are then dsicussed based on what we have read, what information we can extract from the text and what predictions ca we make for the rest of the story!


Reading in English

As part of our Talk for Writing text, Violet are reading Silly Billy by Anthony Browne.


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