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No one to one reading in Reception.

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Morebiscuitsplease Thu 07-Feb-13 21:16:43

DD2 is in reception. She reads in a group once a week. I read with her most nights, she reads her school reading book and I read her a story or two or three. It does bother me not having a one to one session with an adult in school. I don't see how they can have a really good handle on reading in a group. I think a litte individual input at this early stage is invaluable.

Shattereddreams Sat 09-Feb-13 22:14:03

London. Our car is 6 yrs old. One before was 8 yrs old. One before 12 yr old. I have not had a car go rusty since my first car at 17. Not one spec of rust.

Come on, your dad would endlessly moan about leaving toys out else they'd go rusty. I have not one metal toy in the house. Not even kids bikes go rusty anymore.

isthatallyouvegot Sat 09-Feb-13 22:23:41

Ds occasionally reads 4 pages once a week but does also have group reading once a week, the reading scheme is more for parents therefore Dc reads at home then quickly recaps to TA before changing their books. This frustrates my son as he has nil enthusiasm for his schools reading scheme, although does reads a book a night, but if he doesn't want to give full details of the book to the TA due to it being so boring he has to re-read it again so he can change his book.

prettydaisies Sun 10-Feb-13 16:46:03

I think it's important to sometimes read 1 to 1 with a teacher or other qualified adult at school, but it does take up a lot of time. If I hear a child read, it can take about 10mins by the time I've helped them change their book, heard them read, discussed it a bit and written in their reading record etc. It would, therefore, take me 5 hours to hear all the children in my class read. If I was hearing them 4x a week, I'd only have a day left to do other stuff!
Now, obviously it might not take ten minutes per child and there is usually a TA in a reception class as well, but it does take a lot of time. If that's what the school perceives as most important, then all well and good.
Luckily I have Y4 at the moment and only have a core of 6 children that I try to hear 2 or 3 times a week individually. They all do guided reading as well.

givemeaclue Mon 11-Feb-13 14:10:22

Mine do 1-1 once per week at school could be with teachers, assistant, classroom helper. I listen to them read every day.

MimsyBorogroves Mon 11-Feb-13 17:45:36

1-1 reading once a week, group reading once a week. 2 new books every Mon, Wed, Fri if parents have read them with the children.

learnandsay Tue 12-Feb-13 10:53:54

Why would you need to hear eight or nine year old children reading out loud? Does that mean some eight or nine year old children are still learning how to read? (EAL/SEN?)

givemeaclue Tue 12-Feb-13 11:07:44

This thread is about reception children not 8 year olds

learnandsay Tue 12-Feb-13 11:30:53

prettydaisies was saying she listens to six Y4 children reading out loud.

Jenny70 Tue 12-Feb-13 11:37:58

I would suspect learnandsay that prettydaisies reads with only a few Yr4 students that have extra need - either special needs or english is not their first language. But the point was IF she was teaching a different year group (eg Yr1) she couldn't physically listen to every child read, every day.

My reception child reads to the teacher once a week (that I know of, she writes in their book). Haven't heard him say he's read to anyone else - and he tells me most things about his day!

I know our parents volunteer reading only starts in summer term - there are too many kids needing consistent teaching methods as to how to decode/read, that having parents come in could confuse early readers (or not yet readers). Sure, some kids are reading well and could be listened to and given the odd help etc, but many are just getting started and need the consistency of parents/teachers rather than other adults telling them to sound out words/recognise words whatever.

So OP, group reading is not ideal, but in the real world it's OK - the teacher can see where they are at and focusses on them for that time. Possibly later they might ask parents to come in to read, or maybe in Yr1 they will...

Jenny70 Tue 12-Feb-13 11:40:15

And just to add, my children's school has an extra reading program where some children all the way up to Yr6 get to read one-on-one if they need it - many have english as second language, some have dyslexia (you'd think they'd make that easier to spell, particularly with the nature of the condition!), some have comprehension issues - they read the words but don't take in the meaning.

blueberryupsidedown Tue 12-Feb-13 11:46:34

At DC's school they also do reading with a child from year 6. They are paired with that child all of year 1, but in Reception it was one to one with the teacher or TA a month, which is not much, and also group reading once a week.

If she reads to you at home ten minutes a day, she will be fine. We all keep a reading diary and write down how the reading is progressing, which colour book they are at, which words they are struggling with, and more importantly, if they can understand/retell the story, talk about the characters, understand the sequence of the story (what came first, then second, and what happened next, etc).

vertex Tue 12-Feb-13 11:51:22

Interesting, our son is in reception and they do 1:1 reading every day and reading homework 3 (three) times per week. The class has 23 children, 1 teacher and 2 two teaching assistants. I have to say since joining this school his reading is coming on leaps and bounds; handwriting is progressing too compared to his peers at his old school.

TwllBach Tue 12-Feb-13 11:54:52

At my school in the junior section we are required to hear each child read at least three times a week, with the less able children reading every day.

This is all very nice in theory, but it takes up a good portion of your day, with a class of 30.

I am heavily into literacy and I really push it in my class, but I don't always see why it is beneficial or necessary for me to listen to them all red their reading books for an hour a day. It means I am not part of the lesson as such, it means that their work is disrupted. I make sure that reading is part of every lesson and I do phonics lessons as well (y4) so I do get quite irritated when I see valuable teaching time taken up by what is essentially a conveyor belt of children reading their reading books.

I am hoping that doesn't make me a bad teacher! I can appreciate in the lower school that pupils do need to be heard reading, but I would assume that, jst because the teacher isn't reading their reading books with them, doesn't mean she isn't hearing them read.

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