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Reading Books & Reading Diaries

Reading Books

Foundation Stage

In Foundation Stage the children take home two books per week, one of which is either phonic or non-phonic based and the other, a library book to share with a parent or carer at home. Children are encouraged to read daily.

KS1 Reading

Early readers continue to read a phonic or non-phonic based book until they become more fluent. When confident, children take a fiction or non-fiction book home to read. They also take a library book to share with a parent or carer at home. Books are self- selected by the children from the appropriate book band. Children are encouraged to read daily.

KS2 Reading

Children select books form their book band. Children in Year 3 continue to have access to books from Active Learn. Confident readers are also encouraged to read a book of their choice for pleasure. Children are encouraged to read daily and at least three times per week with a parent or carer.

In Year 4, less confident readers read books from their book band as well as having opportunities to read a book of their choice for pleasure. Fluent readers choose books from our school library or from home, which are checked for suitability and level of challenge. Children are encouraged to read daily and at least three times per week with a parent or carer.

In Years 5 and 6, children can take a book from the school library or from home. They are encouraged to read both independently and to a parent or carer. Books are checked for suitability and level of challenge. Children are encouraged to read daily and at least three times per week with a parent or carer.

Reading Diaries

Reading Diaries are used daily throughout EYFS - Year 6. Older children are expected to record their reading in their diaries independently. We ask that all parents listen to their child read regularly and record a comment about their progress and understanding in their child’s reading diary. Reading diaries are monitored by teaching staff on a weekly basis.

Reading in EYFS

Our Early Years Foundation Stage follow Development Matters in English.  Please see below for the EYFS Development Matters document related to Reading.

Reading - Age Related Expectations

Please see below for the Reading Age Related Expectations for each Year group 

Virtual Library

Virtual Library

The Oak National Academy has paired up with the Literacy Trust to offer free books and exclusive videos - please click HERE

Reading Opportunities

Reaching Readers

At Woolston CE, we are lucky to have several volunteers from our school community that offer their time to help and support children who may be reluctant to read or who may find reading a challenge. They offer regular support to the children during the week. The children build wonderful relationships with their reader, developing confidence and thus building a positive attitude towards reading.

Reading Buddies

At Woolston CE, we encourage our older children to ‘buddy up’ with children in younger year groups. The older children rise to the challenge and enjoy the time they spend reading with their buddies during lunch time.

Secret Readers

In foundation Stage, the children thoroughly enjoy being read to by a ‘Secret Reader’.

Our ‘Secret Readers’ are volunteers such as parents, grandparents, PCSO’s, people from our school community, even Santa!

KS1 - Useful Websites

Phonics Bloom
Phonics Play
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