During the first few days of the school year, I help the children to choose their new books. Depending on the level at which your child is reading, some children will also take a ‘Star Reading Test’ for the Accelerated Reader system in the library. This test will give the children a range of books to choose from in the library, which match their performance in the reading test. The range is designed to include books that are both slightly easier and more challenging.
As a school, we expect the children to be reading every day at home, whilst also providing them with opportunities to read in school throughout the week. For maximum reading development, it is recommended that children read for 45 minutes every day. This could include time that they have read in school and might also include times when children have been engaged in a story or book that is being read to them, or an audio book. Please encourage your child to read every day. We have found that children who read widely, are often those whose vocabulary and reading skills develop more rapidly.
The children will also be given a bookmark and will receive a sticker for the books they read and quiz on with a score of 80% or more. This is to encourage the children to read and understand the texts, rather than reading quickly just for a sticker. Once the children have read a certain number of books they will receive a bronze certificate, silver certificate and finally a gold certificate. Throughout the term, the children will also be working towards a reading points target on the AR system and move along a target track in class. The children get new bookmarks and targets every term.
Above all, I will be encouraging the children to simply enjoy their reading and to choose books at a realistic level which they will enjoy. I want them to love reading and explore the different worlds that story books can let them experience and so I will encourage them to read all they can.
Please help your child to remember to bring their reading book and reading diary to school every day.