Reading at Home

reading at home

Reading is a fundamental aspect of life. The role parents or carers play in developing early reading skills is crucial and we aim to support our families to ensure all children are competent readers by the age of 11.

Below is some helpful information you may find useful when listening to your child read on a regular basis:

Children’s Reading Record: Children are issued with a reading record which should be sent into school each day with their reading books.  Please look at these regularly in case your child’s teacher has written you a message.  Please feel free to use the Reading Record as a means of communicating non urgent messages to the teacher.  If you do send in a message please make sure your child brings it to the teacher’s attention.

Hearing Your Child Read

Learning to read is one of the most essential skills we learn and it impacts on all subject areas. This is an area where parental support can make a huge difference to your child’s progress and confidence.  Your child will bring home reading books each week.  Please try to spend some time each day hearing them read and discussing their books.  Please record when you have heard your child read, the page they have got to and any comments in your child’s reading record.  This helps your child’s teacher to monitor their reading habits at home and is a great form of home/school communication.

Here is a link to the colour level your child should be reading –

Reading Colours matched with Age Related Expectations

Also, remember the fantastic 100 Reads for each Key Phase!  You can view these by clicking on the links below.

Reception 100 recommended reads

Year 1 and 2 100 recommended reads

Year 3 and 4 100 recommended reads

Year 5 and 6 100 recommended reads

Assessing Your Child’s Reading Ability in KS1 and KS2

Children from years one through to six are assessed six times a year against ‘age related expectations’.  Progress is recorded against the statements of which they have been able to demonstrate their competency.  For each year group, there are approximately 30 statements, and the percentage of statements identify the progress your child is making.  At the end of the year, pupils who have achieved between 80-100% will have reached their ‘age related expectations’.  This will then be indicated on your child’s report.  During parent consultations your child’s teacher will be able to inform you of the progress made, and the statements/skills still needed to be achieved.

Assessing Your Child’s Reading Ability in Reception

Reading Assessment in Reception