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Reading Expectations at each stage

Reading is an essential part of your child’s homework.  It is important to read with your child at least 3 times a week at home (but we encourage you to do this every night) and record this in their reading diary. 'Reading miles' with your child will really support their reading development. The more your child reads at home, the further they develop along their reading journey.  Class teachers monitor how often children read at home. 

 

Year Group

What happens in school

What we expect from home

Foundation 2

Children read daily and are listened to on a regular basis.  Children’s reading books are changed weekly. 

Children read a minimum of 5-10 minutes daily and an adult at home makes an entry in the reading diary each day. 

Foundation 2 Reading for pleasure

Children will choose their own story book to take home for an adult to read to them at the beginning of each week.

An adult can read this book to the children.  Please ensure the story book is in their reading bag on a Monday as this is when the books are swapped. 

Years 1 and 2

Children’s reading books are changed once the child can read the book fluently.  This may mean they are on the same book for more than a week. 

Children read a minimum of 10 minutes daily and an adult at home makes an entry in the reading diary after each read. 

 

Years 3 and 4

By this age, most children are moving onto longer books.  Books will be changed when they have finished their book and can discuss the contents of the book with their teacher. 

Children read a minimum of 15 minutes daily.  Children can write their own daily comments, but an adult at home must sign the diary at least once a week. 

Year 5 and 6

By this age, most children are reading chapter books.  Books will be changed when they have finished their book and can discuss the contents of the book with their teacher. 

Children read a minimum of 15-20 minutes daily.  Children can write their own daily comments, but an adult at home must sign the diary at least once a week. 

 

 

 

In addition to the phonics reading book, F2 children also take home a story book each week, for parents to read to them at home.  We want our children to have a love of reading and a love of books. Stories spark children's imagination, improve their vocabulary and improve their attention and listening skills.

We aim to hear all children read in school once a week.  Teachers will write a comment in the diary when this occurs.  We expect all children to have their reading book and diary in school every day.

 

Suggested comment for reading diary

  • Read familiar words independently
  • Able to predict what happens next in the text
  • Showed good understanding of the text
  • Read with good expression
  • Worked out new words independently
  • Worked out new words by sounding them out
  • Discussed the story and characters well
  • Used good spoken expression
  • Enjoyed reading this book a lot
  • Self-corrected own errors independently
  • Used the picture cues and the first sound of a word to work out words
  • Read with fluency and expression
  • Able to read this book, but with lots of prompting
  • Struggled to work out a lot of the vocabulary e.g chain, chop and chair
  • Struggled to retell the story
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