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Reading is incredibly important and children adore reading to family members.

You can help your child with their reading by:

Reading books to your child (putting on different voices is always fun!)

Asking your child to read signs, labels and lists

Choosing different books with your child

Don't be scared of a challenge, reading books together is a great way of learning

Ask children if they can find different words that they might find tricky


It is really important to find out that your child understands what is going on in texts. You can help them by asking questions like:

What is happening?

Who are the characters?

What do the characters say?

What do you think might happen next?

Where are the characters?

Can you describe them?

How do you think the story will end?

Do you like the book? Why?

What are your favourite words?

Can you think of better words than this one?

What would you ask the character if you could talk to them?

Reading Books and Book Bands

All of our books are grouped into colour bands that children progress through. The books in the bands are a combination of reading scheme books such as the Oxford Reading Tree which are quite predictable in their progression. However we also include some banded 'real books' as well. These books supplement our schemes and offer variety and choice in reading. Please do come and talk to us if you have any queries about children's reading books. 

In Year 1 and 2 we work hard in our reading to become more fluent and less reliant on sounding out words. We build up our bank of sight words and tricky words which are repeated regularly in texts, such as the, every, one, have, would, come, some. 


It is within our reading policy that Year 1 children are expected to reach the Orange book band level. Year 2 children are expected to be comfortably reading the White book band level. As part of the new curriculum expectations, Year 2 are expected to read at a speed of approximately 90 words per minute. Throughout Key Stage 1, children will work on developing their ability to read texts with as little sounding out as possible. This enables children to read speedily and efficiently in order to develop their understanding of the text which they are reading. 






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