Top Tips To Help You Child Read

At Northolmes we want children to love reading! Every child needs to read every day and share books. We realise that reading is the gateway to life long learning. The ability to be able to access the world and it starts at home! We put reading at the heart of our curriculum, creating a love of reading which motivates a child to pick up a book for the love of it!

How we can support you at home with reading?

Children are given support so that they know which books they can read 90%+ fluently. Those that are supported with their phonics using Little Wandle, are provided decodable books which are linked to their phonic level. Once children are able to move on from the Big Cat level books they join the Northolmes colour banding scheme. This is where all the free reading books in school have been colour banded and children are assessed every term to check on their fluency progress. 

We use the lexile level of a book to understand how ‘readable’ the book is. Lexile is a measure of a books readability level. It is never called a score.  All children know what colour band they are on.If you have any questions, please ask your child’s teacher. We ask that all children take home one colour banded book as often as they need. They should be reading for at least 10 minutes every day and a records of their reading should be entered into the reading journal on a daily basis and signed by an adult.


How to choose books?

Not only do we show children which books they can read fluently, but we advertise key texts that expand their vocabulary and understanding of fiction texts. The librarians act as ambassadors and help promote these books. The role of the librarian, taken on by our Year 6 children, are to promote a love of reading and help children talk about books to so that they find that magical book that excites them!

When the children complete five entries in their reading journal, they receive a reading token which goes into a draw every half term to win an amazon voucher. To find out more about how we choose books for whole class reading and how we teach reading, please look on the curriculum pages


What else can I do?


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