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How often to read with teacher year 3?

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katrina81 Thu 15-Jan-15 21:46:00

DD is in year 3 and she says she has not read with a teacher since before Christmas when they had stand in teaching assistant. I think it was back in November.

She has been on her current reading colour since April 2014, I think she should have been assessed by now, or are there certain times of the year when this is usually done?

She has a full class and I appreciate she might not read with someone each week, I am going to have a chat with the teacher, just wanted to check what other schools do?

JennyOnTheBlocks Thu 15-Jan-15 21:48:59

DD is in y3, in the last 3 months she has only been heard to read once at school, and that was by a parent volunteer.

it is also generally accepted that parents have to prompt staff into moving children up a reading band

shit, isn't it?

Endler32 Thu 15-Jan-15 21:51:49

At this age they don't tend to read 1:1 at school but they do a lot of group reading or reading to theirselves, dd2 only has one entry in her diary this term and it was written by herself so no one has listened to her read. I asked her teacher about it last term and was told they do group reading ( where the whole class reads the same book ).

katrina81 Thu 15-Jan-15 21:53:05

Maybe it's a year 3 thing then Jenny, DD moved up so many levels in year 2 and since she went into year 3, it has just stagnated.

nonicknameseemsavailable Thu 15-Jan-15 23:27:24

my eldest is in yr2 and reads about once or twice every half term. I think since starting Yr2 in september she might have read 5 times on a one to one basis?

TheWindowDonkey Thu 15-Jan-15 23:39:03

I volunteer to hear readers at dd's school and get to hear them all about once every 3weeks. Those that move slowly onto free readers are often, but not always, those who never get heard reading at home. That said when my dd was in class 3 and had a baby brother taking up my time i didnt realise you should still hear them read. I do now see the benefit of doing so and we shall with ds!

18yearstooold Thu 15-Jan-15 23:44:23

Year 3 in my current school do guided reading everyday, with the teacher working with a different group each day

The children all have 15 minutes of independent reading after lunch and the teacher will listen to 3 children each day during this time

A small number read every day with the TA

Cedar03 Fri 16-Jan-15 12:27:58

I think she's read once with the teaching assistant since Christmas but not much last term. Although I know she does some reading with the TA that isn't recorded in her reading book.

They have reading each morning for half an hour and listen to some children then apparently. However, she is a good reader and able to choose her own books to read so not on a reading scheme book. I'm about to start volunteer reading with her class so will see then how much practise they get.

GillSans Fri 16-Jan-15 12:41:02

From what I know, Y3 is all about consolidation after the concentration on SATS in Y2.

If she's at a sufficiently high reading level, this will almost be considered to be a 'box ticked' and the teacher will concentrate on other areas where knowledge is less secure.

I think it's common, and it is certainly my experience, that there is not much progress in Y3 as they have moved a bit too far and too fast in Y2 and they need to spend time firming up the basics.

I think also, for all years. It's rare for an actual teacher to listen to them read individually, unless there are problems, as they just don't have the time. If you think there are problems you should go in.

I do think this is something that you can move along at home just by daily reading and making sure there are lots of books around. We pretty much forgot the school reading scheme at this stage and just let them read whatever they wanted.

ChocolateWombat Sat 17-Jan-15 19:36:28

I think in many schools, only the weaker readers are still heard read 1-2-1 on anything more than a half-termly basis.
By Year 3, many are reading 'Charlottes Web', 'The Secret Garden', 'Famous Five', 'How to train your Dragon' etc. Their reading is fluent and levels/colour coded books no longer the issue. Guided reading in groups of a similar ability ensures some reading aloud, as well as a chance to discuss to advance understanding under the guidance of teacher/TA.
Of course, as a parent it is till,good to listen regularly. Our school asks for a minimum of 3x a week in KS2.
Individual reading to teachers is HUGELY time consuming, and although vital in KS1 for all,isn't the best use of teachers' time in KS2 for most children. Those on interventions may do it daily or regularly.

PesoPenguin Sat 17-Jan-15 20:00:09

Ds is in year 1 and reads on average once every 3 weeks ( this includes guided reading). I'm a TA in a different school in year 4 and all children are heard at least twice a week plus guided reading once a week. In my school there are also a few 'daily readers' ( to be fair there may be some in Ds's school too, ds is a strong reader so may be heard less).

Jaffacakesareyummy Sat 17-Jan-15 21:39:50

I couldn't disagree with GillSans more.
Children should progress in all year groups.
Reading skills become more of a focus within group guided reading at this stage. This will tend to focus on inference, deduction, tools used by the author etc, this is very much about becoming a reader, not just a decoder.
However! Teachers plan for the individual needs of each child and so some will read 1:1 if they need specialist focus, many will work on phase 6 phonics etc better delivered perhaps in a small group.

In my experience, daily at home reading for pleasure makes the biggest difference to a child's progress. At school the biggest difference is high quality regular feedback given by teachers.

If you are concerned, chat with the school. Good luck.

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