This term we started helping the P4s with their reading. Our book was The Firework Maker's Daughter and we partnered up with a P4 and read a page each. We think our reading has improved because we would normally not read aloud so this was also an opportunity to improve our reading as well as their reading. It also helped us with our confidence to read to a person in another class and it’s a good way to hear what other people think of the book. We need to know that they are hooked into the book by asking them questions like, 'What do you think the characters are feeling?', 'What do you think is going to happen next?', 'Why do you think the characters are feeling like this?'
Here are some of the comments from the P6 paired readers:
'They seemed more confident as I continued to go down'
'I felt the reader enjoyed going to the library and reading the story and improved each week.'
'I'm more confident to go again because I know what it is like.'
'I was surprised to find out that some of the readers were at the same level as me.'
'I felt my reader improved with his expression and read more fluently.'
'It was fun because you got to read to someone you have never read to before.'
'It was interesting listening to younger children read to you. To start with they told me what the story was about, what had happened and what they think is going to happen. They understood the story well.'
'I think I am better at reading now that I have read to other people. It builds up your confidence'