Reception reading

(17 Posts)
Picklepepperpiper Thu 22-Nov-12 16:30:23

Just wondered how often I should expect my reception dd to be read with by adults at school?

I thought it should be once a week. I am a teacher and have always been instructed that reading once a week is the minimum.

Dd has been read with once since September.

Just wanted to get other views before I broach it with the school

Thanks

learnandsay Thu 22-Nov-12 16:43:26

How do you know she's only been heard once? My daughter is listened to at least three times a week. That's how many times her diary is commented in. But I think she is sometimes heard more often than that because her teacher explained to me that she was reading harder books than the ones she sends home in the book bag. And since there are no comments about them in the diary they must be in addition to the ones I know about. But I guess each school is different.

Personally I'd ask the teacher what's what first. You might not be right about the frequency.

I imagine it's more a case of not recording any reading that has been done. Worth asking the teacher though, just to clarify.

In our reception class they don't teach reading. They teach phonics but don't routinely listen to children read.
The reception teacher is VERY clear that reception is all about learning through play.

learnandsay Thu 22-Nov-12 16:48:22

Teaching phonics is teaching reading.

To clarify, they teach the techniques of decoding and teach phonics to enable reading but they don't have a reading scheme (thank goodness) and don't listen to the children read in class.

One-to-one "guided reading" with teacher or TA documented once a week.

One-to-one with Y6 partner once a week.

In OP's case I'd approach it as "reading log doesn't seem to be being filled in very often" rather than "she isn't being heard read".

RyleDup Thu 22-Nov-12 16:58:17

I would think at least once a week. In dd's class its every day, although I know thats more than the norm. I'd speak to the teachers about it.

simpson Thu 22-Nov-12 17:33:34

DD is listened to twice a week ( the second time in the week she has taken a book from home to read with her teacher sometimes).

She also does guided reading once a week.

Picklepepperpiper Thu 22-Nov-12 19:11:56

Dd is quite good at letting me know what she has done at school and is quite miffed hat she doesn't get to show her reading skills to the teacher. They have written in her book when they have read.

If they don't read with her regularly how are they supposed to know if reading book is appropriate?

learnandsay Thu 22-Nov-12 19:24:47

Is there a TA or are there parent helpers? Some schools have a policy of not allowing the parent helpers to write in the diary.

Even with the frequency with which my daughter is listened to the books that she has so far been sent home with are still far too easy for her. So I think selecting the right book for the child is probably easier for a parent in a library than for a teacher in a classroom with 29 other children to teach. I think from school you're likely to get a book, whether or not it's of any use to either you or your child is mainly down to luck as far as I can tell. And our teacher is lovely too.

jhfmg Fri 23-Nov-12 10:47:09

My children read nightly, but rarely I comment in their books primarily since my options are a felt pen running out of ink or a wax crayon!

fryingpanalley Fri 23-Nov-12 10:50:35

Like ClementAttlee my DD has not been listened to read even once. They are doing all the letter sounds this term then start actual books and asking the children to read to them next term.

wonderstuff Fri 23-Nov-12 10:53:03

My dd goes through letter sounds 2/3 times a week, teacher reads a story to whole class every day and she does 'book corner' a few times a week - but I have no idea whether an adult reads with them there. She hasn't read a book at school yet - they are waiting until she knows more letter sounds.

plainjayne123 Fri 23-Nov-12 10:57:14

There is a lot of comments on MN about reading with the teacher in reception. I am pretty sure teachers don't read with children in reception at our school. They are learning their letter sounds. There are 30 children in a class, if a teacher reads 10 mins with each childeach week that is 5 hours, where a teacher is not teaching. Seems nonsense to me. In year 2 they do guided reading groups once a week, with parent helpers doing 1 to 1 reading with low ability children. Again there is no time for 1 to 1 reading. It is the parents' job to read 1 to 1 with their child.

learnandsay Fri 23-Nov-12 11:10:21

Well, plainjayne, I agree with you up to a point. But some children in Reception can already read well and the teacher is still responsible for them too. And in order to know how well they can read she at least needs to hear them read sometimes. And it's quite likely that she won't read the same books with them that she's reading with the children who can't read so well. There are so many different reading schemes, and so many books teach so many different things. I'd want the teacher to be specific about the book that she or her TA was giving my daughter, rather than handing her any old book, (which I think was happening until recently.)

plainjayne123 Fri 23-Nov-12 11:27:07

Yes I agree the teacher should know the level at which children are working in all areas. At our school the children choose the book they want from a certain level, which starts in yr 1, in reception they can bring home books for parents to read from book corner. We never really read the school books with our daughter much at home, we read lots of other stuff, I think parents know what the child can and cannot read. But what I think I want to say is it isn't going to make any difference with progress if the teacher spends 5 mins every few weeks or a day 1 to 1 reading, when parents can read much more than this at home. But a teacher has 30 children to teach, and they are teaching reading skills through the phonics groups, which they will be doing every day, this is much more important.

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