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 ‘Read Write Inc' phonics books, firstly focusing on initial sounds. When they are ready, they also have a ‘Book Bag Book’ to read at home, consistent with their developing phonic knowledge and skill to read.
On completion of the phonics program, children progress to Oxford Reading Tree home reading books, offering a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction titles. Some children, at certain levels, are also encouraged to 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.
All children, from Nursery to Year 6 take home a self-chosen library book to read either independently or with an adult at home. Our libraries are frequently updated and children may request books they wish to read.
We encourage children to take responsibility for their own reading and reward this independence through our 'Responsible Reader Award'. These are awarded on a half termly basis. Children benefit greatly from reading at least three times a week at home and discussing their books with an adult. Through this they can share their enjoyment in reading and create positive reading habits.
Children in Years 1 to Year 3 take home a paper reading record where parents can record evidence of reading at home. This is reviewed by the class teacher during Reading Activity lessons and books are changed. In Years 4 to 6, children use an online reading record called 'Go Read'. Parents, children and staff can access their Go Read account to record home reading, receive reading awards and write reading comments.
Here you can find help and guides to using Go Read - our online reading records for children in Years 4 to 6.
You can log in to your account here: Go Read
Book Bag Books!
At home you can use the ‘reading gems’ to help to develop your child's reading skills. These provide a range of question stems to get children thinking and to delve deeper into a text.
Additionally, visit the Book Trust website (link below) for Top Tips on reading at home with your child.