Home Reading & Homework
Home reading is very important and takes high priority at Mossgate. Children have access to a wide range of different books and are expected to read at least four times a week.
In Reception and KS1 (infants), children’s home reading books are linked to the phonics phase they are secure at. Children will receive two books each week that will be changed on a weekly basis. Parents are asked to make comments and sign their child’s Home Reading Record to show that they have supported their child with their reading. These comments are used by staff to monitor the frequency of reading at home and provide additional support to children in school.
In KS2 (juniors), children’s home reading books are linked to their reading ability. Children have a reading level range (known as a ZPD in school) which staff and children use to choose suitable books. Book levels are based on:
1) average sentence length within the book
2) vocabulary difficulty within the book.
Books can have the same book level (see label on the book spine and inside of the book cover) but look very different. The books below all have the same reading level of 3.3 and therefore are equally as difficult to read with some of the titles appearing to be easier – never judge a book by its cover! On the spine, the book also has an additional code of LY (Lower Years: age 5-8) or MY (Middle Years: age 9-13). Children in Years 3 and 4 can choose books from either LY or MY depending on their maturity.
When your child has read their book, they will complete a comprehension quiz online at school. We want children to score at least 80% in the quiz which will show that they have understood the book and it is at an appropriate level for them. Teachers and Teaching Assistants will monitor the quizzes and book difficulty closely. Sometimes children will be asked to revisit a book and quiz if we are concerned they haven’t read the book fully.
Reading at home is tracked in every class weekly with children’s photos displayed and celebrated on classroom doors and posted to our school’s Facebook page. If a child fails to meet their weekly reading target, we follow our tiered system:
1. Text sent to parents reminding them of the reading target
2. Class teacher contacts the parent to talk about the importance of home reading
3. Headteacher writes to parents to stress the importance of home reading
4. Meeting with the headteacher to discuss next steps to improve home reading