Reading books assigned to children are based on their developing phonics knowledge, allowing them to use their knowledge of letters and sounds to enable them to decode unfamiliar words. It is important that you listen to your child read at home and we encourage you to do this every day, where possible, to give them the regular practice that they need.
We will listen to each child read every week. This will also be the time that we change their phonics book. Children need to be confident in reading a book, before we will change it, in order to secure their understanding of the words and content they have read. The children will also have a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book, which you may share and enjoy with them.
We are also introducing daily Whole Class Reading this year for all children in Key Stage One. During this time we will be focusing on the many different skills needed to enable children to become good readers, from understanding how to decode unfamiliar words to showing comprehension of a text.
To develop your child’s fluency and mental maths skills, we are introducing KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) throughout school. KIRFS are a way of helping your child to learn by heart, key facts and information which they need to have instant recall of.
KIRFs are designed to support the development of mental maths skills that underpin much of the maths work in our school. They are particularly useful when calculating, adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. They contain number facts such as number bonds and times tables that need constant practise and rehearsal, so children can recall them quickly and accurately.
Instant recall of facts helps enormously with mental agility in maths lessons. When children move onto written calculations, knowing these key facts is very beneficial. For your child to become more efficient in recalling them easily, they need to be practised frequently and for short periods of time.
How can we access the KIRFs at home?
Each half term, children will focus on a Key Instant Recall Fact (KIRF) to practise and learn at home for the half term. Each child will receive a KIRFs Knowledge Organiser to take home, along with weekly homework to support their learning of their KIRF.