Developing reading skills at Key Stage 1 is part of the National Curriculum and an essential aspect of a child’s learning experience. From increasing their vocabulary to improving their spelling, the benefits of reading are far-reaching and well documented.
Many literacy guides and reading records underline the importance of allowing pupils to choose their own materials. Reading those on the curriculum as well. This allows them to develop an enjoyment of reading. Identify areas of progression for teachers if a child has a persisting pattern in their chosen reading materials. The Internet has become one of the most popular ways for parents to source information. There are plenty of resources that underline the positive impact their involvement in learning can have.
National literacy and numeracy strategies exist to raise the standard among primary aged children. Part of their recommendations, there are Key Stage-specific spelling lists for KS1 and KS2. These are included in the curriculum, having these spelling lists close to hand can help encourage pupils to challenge themselves more often. Serving as a reminder for parents.
Whether learning a first or second language, being able to spell and understand the basic conventions of vocabulary can prove to be a strong asset. It provides the foundations that pupils will then find useful as they progress to secondary school. A good understanding of spelling helps them to better understand a variety of subjects. A child’s literacy development is most effective when it has strong foundations on which to build. This is why we have KS1 and KS2 recommended spelling lists available in our online library for your reading records or pupil planners.
As well as providing a solid springboard into other subject areas and basic comprehension, being able to identify words according to their spelling. An important aspect of learning how to read; a lifelong skill that more often than not becomes something that we do on a daily basis.
The reading record pages we have in our library are all customisable. They can be adapted to reflect how your school prefers to deliver and support literacy at Key Stages 1 and 2. You may want to include additional pages on a particular aspect of reading; phonics for example.
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