Reading

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Reading is at the heart of our school curriculum here at Grimsargh St Michael’s; it is woven through the wider curriculum ensuring that reading is always a priority. Our objective is ‘to develop a reading environment and reading culture across the school community’ which will support out aim ‘to encourage all children to be lifelong readers’. 

Helping your child with reading at home: 7_Top_Tips_to_Support_Reading_at_Home

Reading at Home
Fostering a love of reading is something we are passionate about at Grimsargh St Michael’s, and you can really support your child in being able to access the whole curriculum by simply listening to them read, by reading to them and by asking them questions about the books you share. We, thus, encourage you, as parents/ carers, to read and listen to your child read every night (this only needs to be for 10/15 minutes). For children in the upper juniors who are competent readers, children should be reading for more sustained periods and also independently, which we encourage, but please check they are reading suitable books, are understanding what they are reading, and support their understanding of tricky vocabulary. 

Reading Books

Reception: Phonics Bug books/Oxford Reading Tree levels
Children will have two books changed once or twice a week depending on ability. The Phonics Bug books are fully decodable and matched closely to your child’s reading ability and phonics phase. The Oxford Reading Tree book is not fully decodable but is matched as closely as possible; these books should be for shared reading at home and have been chosen to support developing comprehension skills, vocabulary understanding and a love of reading. 

Year 1: Phonics Bug books/Oxford Reading Tree levels
Children will have two books changed once a week. The Phonics Bug books are fully decodable and matched closely to your child’s reading ability and phonics phase. The Oxford Reading Tree book is not fully decodable but is matched as closely as possible; these books should be for shared reading at home and have been chosen to support developing comprehension skills, vocabulary understanding and a love of reading.

Year 2: Oxford Reading Tree/Phonics Bug books
Children will have two books changed once a week. Most children will be reading Oxford Reading Tree levelled books. Any children who require phonics support will continue to read a Phonics Bug books alongside the Oxford Reading Tree books. 

Year 3: Oxford Reading Tree levels
Children will be encourage to change their books frequently (usually once per week). Some higher ability readers may become ‘free readers’ once they have progressed through the reading levels, these children will be encouraged and supported to choose challenging novels and non-fiction books suitable to their reading ability. 

Year 4: Oxford Reading Tree levels
Children will be encourage to change their books frequently (usually once per week). Some higher ability readers may become ‘free readers’ once they have progressed through the reading levels, these children will be encouraged and supported to choose challenging novels and non-fiction books suitable to their reading ability. 

Year 5: Oxford Reading Tree levels
Children will be encouraged to change their books as frequently as needed. Some higher ability readers may become ‘free readers’ once they have progressed through the reading levels, these children will be encouraged and supported to choose challenging novels and non-fiction books suitable to their reading ability. 

Year 6: Oxford Reading Tree levels
Children will be encouraged to change their books as frequently as needed, however this is likely to be less frequently due to children reading longer novels. Once children have progressed through the reading levels they will become ‘free-readers’; these children will be encouraged and supported to choose challenging novels and non-fiction books suitable to their reading ability. 

Children who require additional reading support in Key Stage 2 may continue reading Phonics Bug books alongside phonics interventions in school. We also may support your child’s readings using the Barrington Stoke reading books (for struggling readings/dyslexia friendly/reluctant readers) or the Reading Recover Books. 

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Oxford Owl e-book Library 

If you would like access to e-books at home, here is the link to the Oxford Owl e-book library where you will find a range of books to read and enjoy at home that are suitable for your reading ability. 
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Log in to the school/student area using the class username provided by your class teacher. Click ‘Oxford Owl e-book Library’ and change the settings to suit your age and reading level. 

 

 

 

Reading Lists 

Below you will find the recommended reading lists for each year group. 

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Rec 50 reads ticklist
Rec 50 reads

Year 1 50 reads ticklist
Year 1 50 reads

Year 2 50 reads ticklist
Year 2 50 reads_

Year 3 50 reads ticklist
Year 3 50 reads

Year 4 50 reads ticklist
Year 4 50 reads

Year 5 50 reads ticklist
Year 5 50 reads

Year 6 50 reads
Year 6 50 reads ticklist

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Extra Reading Links
Free website links for books