Star Reading Scheme Challenge
As you may be aware, we have been focusing on how children progress in reading as they travel through St. Edmund’s School. Our Key Stage One team do a fantastic job of helping children learn to recognise and decode words. In the middle years (Year 3 and 4 ) most children will be becoming independent readers, many will find one particular author they like and they will work their way through lots of books by that author. This is an important stage, as reading a book with a familiar format will build confidence and independence. Children then need to expand and broaden their “reading diet” as they reach the end of Key Stage 2 and try different styles of books from a range of different authors. This will help them become fluent readers, expand their vocabulary and build confidence in grasping different styles of writing before they go to secondary school. Throughout this whole process we encourage children to learn to love books and read for pleasure.
One of the most common questions we are asked at parents evening is: “How can I help my child at home?” so I wanted to take this opportunity to explain how you can!
Reading for pleasure is one of the key factors of success at school. Children who read for pleasure are the most likely to achieve top grades at GCSE level and beyond. Hearing your child read every day while they are learning to read is essential. Once children move on from book bands and become independent readers, it is more important than ever to share books with your children and encourage them to read as much as possible. We want the very best for St. Edmund’s pupils and we expect them to read every day either to you or to read on their own and discuss books with you. We understand the pressure of clubs and homework (as well as the lure of devices!) but a daily reading session at home will make all the difference to your child’s progress.
As parents we can also help our children by showing them our interest in books, letting them see us read books we enjoy, and talking to them about the books they are reading.
We want our pupils to read a wide range of books and be reading books they enjoy every week at home and school. At the start of this half term we launched our “Star Reader” challenge and asked all the KS2 children to read a book (at their reading level) each week of this term. It could be a novel, a poetry book, First News, a comic etc. I am delighted to tell you that lots of children across the key stage have met this challenge and particular mention must go to Year 4 and 6G who had the most pupils reaching this goal.
Your child should have already brought home the first page of their Star Reader chart in their homework files or reading records. This is a sheet where they can record the books they have read and rate them. This is to stay with their homework/reading record and be handed in every Wednesday to class teachers.
Here (and in the classroom book corners) are the lists of “Recommended Reads” that our school Reading Ambassadors have compiled:
Thanks to the PA, we have lots of new and exciting books in school for your child to borrow and there are many more books on the way. They do not have to read these exact titles, but they do include a fantastic selection of books (newly published and classics) from a range of authors. As the children progress through Key Stage 2 they will continue to record their completed books. 25 completed books will earn them a Star Reader Certificate in Gold Book assembly. Any children reading over 50 books will earn a Gold Star badge to wear on their uniform. Children reading over 100 books during KS2 that show a range of quality texts and authors will be awarded a Reading Champion shield.
Our current Year 5s and 6s do not have very long left at St. Edmund’s so we have adapted the scheme for them for the remaining months of the school year and will be rewarding all those with a passion for books and a commitment to regular reading.
Please do ask if you have any questions, we are very grateful for your continued support,