Reading is the central core of learning from the Early Years onward as it is at the heart of the curriculum. Ofsted January 2020


St Edmund’s Star Readers

During Key Stage Two most children will be becoming independent readers, many will find one particular author they like and 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 before they go to secondary school.

Reading for pleasure is one of the key factors of success at school. Hearing your child read regularly 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, encourage them to read as much as possible and talk about the books they have read on their own. 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 each child to keep a record of all the books they have read so they can see their growing “library.” Your child will need to write out the books they have completed on their “Star Reader” sheets at the back of their reading record or homework folder. There are recommended reading lists to help guide pupils to read a wide range of books: it could be a novel, a poetry book, First News, a comic etc. Reading records must be shown to teachers on Wednesdays along with their homework.

Star Reader List 1- Year 3 & 4

Star Reader List 2 Year 5 & 6

As the children progress through Key Stage 2 they will continue to record their completed books on their star reader sheets.

25 books = Star Reader Certificate

50 books = Gold Star badge

100 books = Reading Champion shield


Happy Reading!