We use a Reading Scheme for home reading. In Year 5 and 6, some children will move onto our Free Reader Scheme - more information about this can be found below.
Each child in school is assessed by their class teacher and put onto an appropriate stage. This scheme is designed to help children build fluency when reading so each child will be put into a stage where they can read most of the words in the book.
When class teachers listen to children read, they are listening for their use of expression and how well they recognise and decode words. This includes how they phrase their reading aloud such as whether they read primarily in small chunks (2-3 words at a time) or following the punctuation in the text.
In order to move through stages, it is important that all children practise reading aloud for at least 10 minutes each day in Y3 and Y4, moving to 20 minutes per day in Y5 and Y6. It will also really help to hear as many texts as possible read aloud by fluent readers whether this is through an adult reading aloud at home or listening to audiobooks.
Each child in school has been issued with a reading record. This reading record is used to record their reading at home and to show that they have completed their reading book. In Y5 and 6, children may start to record their own reading in this record but we ask that an adult continues to check this and still listens to their reading aloud.
In the centre of the reading record, there is a spelling list and some tips for reading which you may find helpful.
When a reading book has been finished, the completed reading record should be given to class teachers so new books can be issued.
Home Reading Books
We use printed books for all children on the reading scheme. When your child has completed their reading book, they should return it to school with their completed reading record so this can be changed.