Your child’s reading experience is much more than the reading book which comes home from school. Reading is happening all the time. We teach it in specific reading and English lessons, but children are practising and using their ‘reading’ constantly across all other subjects too.
You can support this ‘reading journey’ through regular reading at home. Reading to and with your child every evening for at least ten minutes can make a dramatic difference to your child’s achievement within school.
Six tips for reading with your child at home:
1. Make time to read- even ten minutes a day
2. Choose different types of books
3. Take turns to read
4. Talk about the book- asking your child questions
5. Pay attention to the language
6. Enjoy reading
Children will start their reading journey at Sherborne Primary School following the Ruth Miskin Read Write Inc phonics programme. Please see our Phonics page for more information.
We base learning to read primarily on this programme. Currently when children move beyond this we are using the Oxford Reading Tree books until your child may be ready to enjoy ‘Accerlerated Reader’ as explained below, meaning that they can choose from our class and library ranges suitable to their age and ability.
Children will also have access to our mini libraries situated outside of Grasshoppers Class and within their own classrooms. These books are for sharing to foster a love of reading with you as the challenge will be too great for independent reading.
Accelerated Reader, a Renaissance Learning product, allows children to make consistent progress in their reading throughout KS2. The scheme motivates children by matching them with a book that stretches their skills, but without causing frustration. Children take a quiz after completing the book, and gradually move up through the levels. Teachers are able to set manageable targets within the scheme, to give students something to strive for. Our library contains an incredible wealth of books, so there is something for everyone!
Children at Sherborne Primary School will start this scheme in Year 2 when they are ready and it will run until the end of Year 6.
In order to support you we have introduced laminated bookmarks with questions and ideas you can talk about with your child when sharing their book:
We do get asked all the time about books that may be suitable for your child at their age or stage. Please do use the lists below to help guide you. Please also let us know if we can add any more to our lists!
Foundation Book List
Y1 Book List
Y2 Book List
Y3 Reading List
Y4 Reading List
Y5 Reading List
Y6 Reading List
More ideas can be found through the Love Reading For School Website: