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Our approach to reading

As a school, we encourage all children to read at home with an adult at least three times a week - more if possible.

All children should bring home a book from school on a daily basis and these will be changed when needed. Children in year 5 and year 6 may be 'free readers' but this does not mean that they no longer need to read at home with an adult.

As well as reading with your child on a regular basis, it is important to pose questions about the text read to check their understanding as reading and comprehension both run alongside each other.

All teachers keep a strict weekly record of who has and has not read and those that have will be invited to a termly event.  We have already held a movie night and a games night and there will be an outdoor event in the Summer Term.

Alongside this, we also run the 'Reading at home' scheme where children are rewarded for having books read to them at home by an adult.  We believe that this helps to model reading and comprehension skills and it is also an enjoyable experience for the children.  When children have had 10 books in total read to them, they can hand their cards to Mrs Rawlinson.  These children will then receive a badge and a book in star assembly on the Friday.  Cards to record this on are available in the reading corner area on the Y5/6 corridor.

Please ensure that your child has their reading record in school each day and that this is kept up to date.


At Thorpe Hesley Primary School we use Jolly Phonics as a basis for our phonics learning - we enjoy all the songs and actions and love to learn!

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