Home reading is an important part of our children’s reading development. Through home reading, children develop their love of books and their desire to read for enjoyment. They aquire a growing vocabulary and become adept at using their creativity, imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
On entry to Reception, children follow the ‘Usborne Very First Reading Books’. These books offer the enjoyment of shared reading with an adult whilst supporting phonics development at home. Following this, all children, as soon as they are ready, have an ability matched ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ scheme book which are consistent with children’s developing phonic knowledge and skill. Children also take home their current RML book to practise their fluency.
Throughout school, we have a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction home/school reading books offering a plethora of titles and genres. On selected reading stages, children may choose a ‘wider reader’ book; this selection of books allows children to develop their vocabulary and the breadth and depth of their reading, making sure they become independent, fluent and enthusiastic readers.
Additionally, children have a self-chosen library book to read both in school and at home for practise. At home, children also have the opportunity to access Bedrock vocabulary (years 3-6) to further deepen their vocabulary knowledge. Additional home reading challenges are set frequently via our Newsletter.
In order to celebrate home reading, children can be awarded a ‘Regular Reader Award’. To achieve this, children must read at least three times a week at home to an adult. Children can also receive a ‘Wider Reader Award’ by reading a variety of genres inside and outside school (see certificates below). As children progress through the Oxford Reading stages, they are awarded with ‘Moving Up’ certificates. All of these awards are presented in special Year Group assemblies and parents and carers are invited to celebrate these achievements with us.
We use ‘reading gems’ to develop a range of reading skills across school. You can continue to build upon these skills at home using a range of questioning whilst reading with your child. See the gem question stems below for examples of question types. Additionally, visit the Book Trust website (link below) for Top Tips on reading at home with your child.