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Learning to read in Y1 & Y2

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learnandsay Sat 24-Nov-12 19:38:33

How unusual is it for a primary school to focus its attention in YR on teaching the letter sounds, maybe some digraphs, perhaps one or two trigraphs (or maybe not even) and learning (whatever that means) lists of HFW, but not to any great extent turn attention to reading actual books (of any kind)?

And the school thereby, presumably, places the emphasis of learning to read books (of whatever kind) onto Y1 and beyond? And, if one's school has such a system how does one approach it if one's child already reads books quite well and has done throughout Reception? Getting the Reception teacher up to speed with the child's reading has taken a while, but it's getting there. Does one expect to have to introduce every teacher at every early years level to the child's ability to read?

mrz Tue 27-Nov-12 22:56:55

No need to apologise smile

Tgger Tue 27-Nov-12 22:57:00

That must have been a tough time.

numbum Tue 27-Nov-12 22:58:12

'I wonder if she found it like a code to crack and once cracked did not have any further interest....'

My DS who hates reading is extremely 'mathsy'. He loves codes, he loves working things out. I think that statement is true for him! He understood how to read and that was it for him. The fact that he doesn't 'understand' reading isn't relevant to him because he thinks 'I know how to read'

mrz Tue 27-Nov-12 23:00:17

I think she saw reading as something you need to be able to do but I'll wait for the DVD thanks

simpson Tue 27-Nov-12 23:03:55

Sorry mrz - that sounds really tough sad

Tgger - I on the whole enjoy listening to my kids read (although getting DS to fill in his reading diary is a daily battle).

KS1 leader came up to me today to say she is assessing all the kids in yr2 ATM and their comprehension levels (not decoding) have rocketed since I have started reading with them (5 weeks now) which makes me smile and think that I might be actually asking the right questions to go with their books which was always my worry (and a worry with my own DC)...

simpson Tue 27-Nov-12 23:04:48

Numbum - my DS is very similar....

learnandsay Tue 27-Nov-12 23:06:07

Agree. Sounds miserable. You're still a star though.

Tgger Tue 27-Nov-12 23:06:39

Fab simpson. Well done. smile (feels a bit guilty that she doesn't ask DS much about his books......ah well...)

numbum Tue 27-Nov-12 23:07:12

I have two very stereotypical children. DS (7) is amazing at maths, science, ICT. DD (5) is amazing at reading, writing, chattering non stop about anything and everything grin

Tgger Tue 27-Nov-12 23:11:08

Ah, but maybe they will surprise you in their teenage years...or maybe not...!

I have two very imaginative, "mad", kids who so far (bit early to say 6 and 4) both love books, are highly inquisitive and are following in their parents' "slightly geeky but hopefully can fit in with the mainstream" footsteps. Their ICT skills are roughly on a par with mine....

simpson Tue 27-Nov-12 23:18:27

DS is a bit geeky (in a cute way) loves facts, sports, science,maths etc

DD is a league of her own who does not shut up and talks a lot!!

I am very lucky in that DD is hypermobile and has daily physio/ OT at school (saves me doing it at home!!) so no matter how bad things get at school for her (and they are great ATM and long may it stay that way - but looking at yr1 reading records today,they have not been read with for 2 weeks) I would be very reluctant to lose that (the physio support)

Tgger Tue 27-Nov-12 23:24:00

Awwww, they sound great.

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