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Reading Update for Parents

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about home reading, therefore we would like to outline our current expectations. Research shows that children who regularly read at age 10 gain higher results in maths, vocabulary and spelling tests at the age of 16 than those who read less regularly. Based on this, we are asking you to help us in developing a home-school relationship which supports the development of life-long reading.

Home reading should take place every night for all years (for year 1 the phonics pack will count as one of these reads). Children who are not completing their home reading will be invited to a homework club which will be held during a break time. If this happens, the class teacher will speak with you about ways the home reading expectation can be met.

The home reading book will be a banded book to suit your child’s reading ability and comprehension. Class teachers will then be able to track progress and attainment and so will you.

Years 5 and 6 can self-sign their reading records although regular reading support should still be provided. This can be achieved through discussions about the book, author, themes and conventions – questions stem suited for your child’s year group will be soon sent home to support you with this.

The reading records for all other year groups will need a parent's signature -at least 3 times a week- and where possible a comment to inform the class teacher of any reading progress achieved, or if areas of support are required.

The home reading will be closely monitored and for all those who achieve 25 and 50 home reads a certificate will be awarded.