Reading at St John's
At St John's we love to read! Not only is reading really good fun, it is important too.
Reading teaches children about the world around them. Through reading, they learn about people, places and events outside their own experience. They are exposed to ways of life, ideas and beliefs about the world which may be different from those which surround them. This learning is important for its own sake however it also builds a store of background knowledge which helps younger children learn to read confidently and well.
Reading improves a child’s vocabulary, leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves the child's ability to write well. This is because children learn new words as they read but also because they unconsciously absorb information as they read about things like how to structure sentences and how to use words and language effectively.
Click here to find out how children in Class 1 and Class 2 develop their reading skills
Click here to find out about reading in Class 3 and Class 4
Reading at home will also really help your child develop their reading skills. Remember, reading is not just about decoding words, older children need to be able to answer questions about the text and reflect on what they read