REMINDER: Parents' Meeting regarding Personal and Academic Progress Plans on Thursday 1st February, 3.30pm


"To learn to read is to light a fire"
- Victor Hugo
It is a well-established fact that learning to read unlocks a child's potential. It is only by becoming a fluent reader that children are able to fully access a broad and balanced curriculum. Here at Kielder, we are committed to embedding a love of reading throughout the school.
Our aim is for our children to become fluent readers by the end of KS1, developing their fluency and comprehension as they progress through the school. Regular reading with adults in school means that teachers are very aware as to the progress a child is making in reading.  However, more formal assessments are made using the statutory assessments at the end of both Key Stages. These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally. Attainment in phonics is measured by the phonics screening test at the end of Year 1. Further up the school, reading comprehension and SpAG tests are carried out termly to assess progress. 

By the time children leave Kielder Primary School, we aim for our children to be competent readers who achieve well in the statutory requirements but can also readily apply their reading skills in the wider world. We encourage our children to develop a love for reading and enter the magical world that texts can open up to them. Reading for pleasure is promoted as part of our reading curriculum and children are encouraged to experience a wide range of literature across a wide range of genres, cultures and styles. This is to encourage a love of author styles and a variety of texts and be able to review, compare and contrast what they read objectively and to be able to understand and make the most of our exciting world.

How can I help as a parent?
Becoming a fluent reader depends on a reliable connection between home and school. We ask our children to read at home every day. Your help in ensuring this happens is absolutely crucial. Please read with your child and complete their reading journal each evening. You can also use ClassDojo to award points for excellent effort with home reading. Please also help your child to access a range of fiction and non-fiction and engage them in conversation about what they are reading.
Please find below some useful links for supporting your child's reading at home.