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Literacy Guides And Reading Records

Developing reading skills at Key Stage 1 is part of the National Curriculum and is considered 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.

The reading record pages we have in our library are all fully customisable, so 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.

Many literacy guides (example) underline the importance of allowing pupils to choose their own materials to read as well as those on the curriculum. This allows them to develop an enjoyment of reading, and can identify areas of progression for teachers if a child has a persisting pattern in their chosen reading materials. With the Internet continuing to be one of the most popular ways for parents to source information, there are also plenty of resources that underline the positive impact their involvement in learning can have, especially during the earlier years of education. 

National literacy and numeracy strategies exist to raise the standard among primary aged children, and as part of their recommendations there are Key Stage-specific spelling lists for KS1 and KS2. Regardless of how these are included in the curriculum, having these spelling lists close to hand can help encourage pupils to challenge themselves more frequently as well as serve 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 also provides the foundations that pupils will then find useful as they progress to secondary school and find that 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, which is why we have KS1 and KS2 recommended spelling lists available in our online library.

As well as providing a solid springboard into other subject areas and basic comprehension, being able to identify words according to their spelling is also 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.

Visit our Online Library of Page Ideas to find out more.