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Reading at Home KS2

Reading at Home for KS2 Children

As children grow older, the importance of reading at home is just as important as it is when they were beginning readers. Sharing a book with your child, reading aloud to them and discussing different types of books helps to develop  a love of reading and develop lifelong skills. 

 “Reading is the single most important skill necessary for a happy, productive and successful life."

    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


Book Banding

At Sybourn Primary School home reading books continue to be banded across Key Stage 2  to ensure children are sufficiently challenged with their reading and are reading appropriate books for their age. The bands take into account a range of factors including Lexile scores and age-appropriate reading lists from experts such as Destination Reader, Book Trust and National Literacy Trust. Children read regularly with adults in school who monitor their reading levels carefully, adjusting them as and when required. When a child is secure in their current band, they progress onto the next colour band opening up a new world of exciting and interesting books! As you move up KS2, it should be noted that the progression through colour bands is not as rapid as it is in KS1 due to the complex skills required to analyse the text correctly and the level of challenge that these books provide. 

Home Reading Records

We suggest that your child reads a book for at least 20 minutes daily. This should be a range of independent reading and reading with an adult. To support your child with this, they have a Home Reading Record which must be completed on a regular basis. Your child should write the title of the book they are reading and write a few comments related to a reading skill e.g. clarifying a tricky work or making an inference about a character. This should be signed by an adult regularly.





Drop Everything And Read

Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) takes place in all classrooms every day and allows children to forget their normal tasks and drift away with a good book. Teachers, Learning Mentors, Site Service Officers, Learning Support Assistants and any adult on the premises stop what they are doing at 3:15 every day to share the pleasure of being transported to another world through a book or story. Adults and children share their favourite books and authors and celebrate a collective love of reading, it really is a special time of the day for everyone!