How we teach reading at Fairholme...

At Fairholme we work very hard to foster children's love of reading. We firmly believe that reading is the gateway to education and future success. We strive to ensure that every child attains and enjoys at reading and leaves school with a love of books and an ability to converse passionately about their reading across the rest of the curriculum.

From Nursery to Year 2 we teach systematic synthetic phonics an approach which teaches children to recognise letters (graphemes) and their associated sounds (phonemes). In Years 2 ,3 and 4 in addition to individual reading and literacy lessons children are taught reading in small groups called guided reading to help further develop their fluency and comprehension. In years 5 and 6 reading is taught as a whole class to prepare them for secondary and deepen their comprehension. In addition to this, each year group has a set text for each half term and the breadth of texts available for each child is supplemented with classroom book corners and visits to the school library

We are always happy to talk to you about our approach to reading, where your child is at and what you could do to help your child with their reading at home so please do come and see your child's class teacher if you have any questions. 

How parents can be involved in developing your child's reading...

Children will bring a reading book home each week to read at home. One book will be decodable (they should be able to read it without help) and the other is a free choice book that they may need some help with.

Teachers across Hounslow have also been busy putting together this list of reading recommendations: 





Watch our latest video below - Fairholme school staff encourage you to read, and tell you about some of the things they have been reading during lockdown! Plus a few suggestions for you too.

The document below has links to 10 brilliant story times to enjoy!

Reading for Pleasure (RfP) is the one thing that makes the most difference to helping children read proficiently.  Here are three simple ideas to support reading at home.

When we read poems out loud we breathe life into them and we can picture them in our imagination. The Children’s Poetry Archive is a place where you can listen to poems read out loud. Listen to poems by Roger McGouch, Michael Rosen, Grace Nichols, Ted Hughes, Benjamin Zephaniah, Allan Ahlberg and many, many more.

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