Our home reading programme is up and running for all classes across the school. If your child is in Year 3, they are in the process of being put onto a reading level and will be bringing a book home soon.
You will find that your child will be bringing home a book or even books with different coloured bands on them.
The colour system works on the idea that the children can read anything up to a certain colour. For example, your child might now be able to read up to ‘Yellow’, so they can read any books on black, blue, and yellow. This will give them the opportunity to choose from a wider variety of books: fiction, non-fiction and poetry, thus reading a broad range of texts. The aim of our home reading program is not for children to read more difficult books as quickly as possible, but rather to enjoy reading and being read to and practise some of the skills and strategies they have learnt at school.
Types of Reading Materials
Many of the books that children bring home as home readers will be books that they will find fairly easy to read. In class, children will read at a higher level of difficulty as specific skills and reading strategies are taught. Home Reading is aimed at enjoyment and practice and because of this, children will be reading books they can read competently and with confidence in order to practise a range of reading behaviours, the most important of these being comprehension.
We also hope that children will read a wide variety of genres and texts; therefore, if your child has read a leaflet posted through the door; an article in a magazine or newspaper; or something on their many electronic devices, these also count as ‘Home Reading’ and can be recorded in their reading diaries.
In addition to daily reading at school, it is expected that your child should read at home at least four times every week. We encourage you to read with and listen to your child read as much as possible to support them in the development of their reading skills.
To help us monitor and reward the children for working hard on their reading, please make sure the date and the text title is filled into the reading diary. If you wish to comment in the diary you can; alternatively, you can initial after the text has been read. You child’s class teacher will check the reading diaries weekly and count up their home reads signed by an adult at home. If they have achieved four home reads, they will earn a sticker on the reading chart. If your child is not reading regularly at home, your child’s class teacher will contact you to see how they can support you with this.
Please try to have your child’s reading folder in school every day with their home reading book and reading diary. This will enable us to record in the diary when your child has read with an adult in school or within a guided reading group. If your child needs a new reading folder to keep their diary and books organised, these can be purchased from the front office.
We understand that home life can be very busy and that it can also be tricky when your child progresses through Junior School as they might be reluctant to read out loud. However, we do encourage that you try to hear your child read out loud even if it is only for a page whilst you’re still washing up, cooking etc. Fluency, expression and intonation are still skills an able reader needs to keep practising. And, it can be ‘fun’ reading to an audience!
After half term we will be running our first ‘Reading Awards’ assembly, congratulating the children who achieved the first ‘Reading challenge’. Every half term we will have a reward assembly, allowing children to collect Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Class Award certificates. So watch this space!
Please take the time to read the information about reading ‘To, With and By,’ guide (also on our school website). You will also find some ideas for discussing books with your child.
If you have any questions or would like any further information please don't hesitate to speak with us – our door is always open.
The Radcliffe on Trent Team