4) Recommended Reads for Year 6
Reading is one of the most important aspects of a child’s education and we would therefore like to share with you what reading at William Shrewsbury looks like. We have spent a lot of time (and money) over the last year developing many aspects of the reading curriculum and to ensure reading for pleasure becomes an essential part of this. Through research and experience, we know that there are huge benefits for children who read regularly and develop a lifelong love of reading.
In school, every child will take part in a reading lesson every day which will focus on a particular reading skill and include choral (echo) reading, group reading, paired reading and individual reading. These reading lessons will be taught through our book-based curriculum where children will be read to by the teacher, together with their classmates or independently. Each year group will read between 5 and 6 exciting texts across the year with reading and writing tasks based around that particular text for a set period of weeks. Here, the children will be exposed to a series of excellent and engaging stories (including classic tales) which will develop their fluency of reading, their understanding of the book and also allow them to develop their reading skills such as inference and retrieval. The texts that we read in each year group can be seen at the top of the class ’50 Recommended Reads’ poster – these are starred.
As well as this, staff (with the amazing monetary support of AFWS) have set up really inspiring and inviting book corners in every classroom. These are aimed at developing a love of reading with the children and each class ‘library’ will have access to the year group ’50 Recommended Reads,’ a box of ‘Building Reading Power’ books and ‘Challenge’ books, non-fiction texts and poetry. Classes may also support this with other reading material such as newspapers and magazines. Over the past year, we have also been lucky enough to develop a space in school for a new library. This has been funded by the brilliant work that AFWS do and it is an amazing space for our children to read and work.
’50 Recommended Reads’ In their book corners, each class has access to their year group recommended reads list. This is a list of 50 books that children will be encouraged to aim to read throughout the year. This list also includes the books that the children will read and study in class and each child (KS2) will also have a copy of the poster so they can cross off and date the ones that they have read. In KS1, the children will be working on a whole class challenge to tick off the books and read them together during story times. Parents can also purchase these books for home and most are available on Amazon if you wish to. We’ve therefore attached the list for your child’s year group so that you can also have access to the books that are recommended for your child.
As well as this, children can also read other books both in school and at home and this too will be recorded in class to support the children in their goals for the academic year.
What can I do to support my child?
There are many ways that we encourage a love of reading in school but home reading is also essential in developing your child’s reading ability and understanding. As you can see from the above graphic, a child that reads for 20 minutes a day is exposed to 1.8 million words. This can make a huge difference to their learning and children in this category are more likely to achieve greater results. Therefore, as a parent, guardian we would ask you to aim for your child to read for 20 minutes per day (more if possible but this may depend on the age of your child). Reading material could be based on our school Recommended Reads list or other exciting texts that you may already have at home or want to purchase. Remember that children also love being read to (even in Year 6!). As well as the enjoyment and discussion this brings, it also allows for a higher level text to be used and therefore exposure to more developed language. All of this ensures that we are all working together for the aim of developing our children to become lifelong readers.
Ideally, our Recommended Reads texts will be kept in school; however, on occasion when a child asks (and is totally immersed in the story) the teacher may allow your child to take this book home to read. However, if this is the case and the book is lost or comes back damaged, please be aware that we will be asking for a replacement or a monetary contribution towards the repair.
Please don’t hesitate to contact the class teacher or any of the English team (Mrs Poynton, Miss Perry or Mr Runacus) if you have any further questions/ queries.