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Reading

Reading Diaries

Your child should now have a reading record diary and we kindly ask that reading diaries are brought into school every day, regardless of whether your child has read their allocated books. In school, we will be reading with children either individually or in a group each week, so it is vital we are able to indicate this in their reading diary.

It is important for us to identify children who are not reading at home and therefore, if we do not see a child’s reading diary on a regular basis, then we may contact you to ask that it be brought in. If you have lost your child’s diary, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff who will be able to find a replacement. Please ensure that you record in your child’s diary every time you have read with them at home.

When books will be changed

In EYFS and KS1 (Years 1 and 2), each child will receive a phonics reading book based on the phonic phase they are working in. Although there may be some unfamiliar words, these books are an opportunity for your child to practise the sounds they have learnt in their phonics lesson and to build on the fluency of their reading. If your child is finding their phonics book too challenging, please speak to a member of staff.

Your child will also bring home a ‘sharing’ book. This is for you to read and share with your child at your leisure and to foster a love of reading. This will begin after the October half-term holiday. When your child has completed their books, please place them in the box outside the classroom along with your child’s reading diary. New books will be allocated the same day (where possible) for your child to bring home. Please do not worry if you sometimes receive a book your child has read before. It allows for the children to build confidence and fluency.

Reading Awards

Every Wednesday, staff will count the number of reads your child has completed at home to allocate reading awards. Please ensure that your child’s reading diary is placed in the box on a Wednesday in order for this to happen.

For every set of 30 reads, the children will receive the following:

  • 10 reads- Bronze sticker
  • 20 reads- Silver sticker
  • 30 reads- Gold sticker

For every set of 100 reads a child completes, they will receive a certificate which will be awarded to them in assembly.

Active Learn

In addition to books from school, each child will have access to the reading books online and games through the Active Learn website. By now, each child should have received information of their login details and have been allocated a book. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff in your child’s class who will be happy to help.