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Back to School Reading using Key Words

The Key Words series focuses on key words and recognition. There is a recognised science behind the books showing that this method of repetition really helps learners with the reading process.

  • 12 key words make up 25% of what we read and write.
  • 100 key words make up 50 % of what we read and write.
  • 300 key words account for 75% of what we read and write

If children are taught the most commonly used words first, it is easier for them to learn to read.

These 12 words make up 25% of all the words we read and write in the English language: a, and, he, I, in, is, it, of, that, the, to, was.

A Daily Rhythm of Reading

After the summer holidays, it can be hard to get learners back into the rhythm and routine of reading and classroom life. The Key Words stories can help activate language they may have forgotten.

Repetition is so important when learning new words. Vocabulary goes through a cycle: after we see a word, we have to revisit it numerous times before we can actively use it. The Key Words series focuses on this vocabulary cycle. New words are repeated on each page, giving learners the opportunity to revisit and consolidate each word.

It is always useful to revisit language – particularly after a long summer break. Why not print off the Key Words poster and use it to inspire more reading at home in the lead up to September?

The Power of Re-reading

Revisiting familiar stories can help build confidence, especially after a break from regular reading. Encourage speaking about the book in three stages:

Stage 1: Pre-reading

What can you remember about this book from the last time we read it? What words can you remember? Can you make a sentence about the book?

Stage 2: Whilst Reading

Stop after a page or sentence. Act it out, talk about it and recall key information

Stage 3: Post Reading

Retell the story. Who is your favourite character in the book? What is your favourite part of the story?

Tips to Bring Reading into Everyday Life at Home

Just because school stops over the summer holidays, doesn’t mean reading has to stop.

In fact, holidays can be the perfect time to develop a passion for reading for pleasure. Here’s our top tips to help foster a love of reading:

  • Give your child lots of choice about what they read. Allow them to explore topics of interest or favourite character stories.
  • Make reading social. Try taking it in turns to read aloud from books at home. Then chat about your favourite parts of the story.
  • Play games related to books. You could read the book aloud and play word bingo.
  • Encourage reading on the go. Make sure to pack a book when you head to the park/beach/café.
  • Set aside some reading time before bedtime. Reading is a great way to relax before sleep.