In accordance with school policy, children should read at least 4 times per week, and record this in their homework diary. It is recommended that children read for at least an uninterrupted period of 15 minutes; research suggests that children are not immersed in a text until they have been reading continuously for around 8 minutes.
Children will have two books in their reading folder: a banded book, pitched at their level, and a ‘free choice’ read, which may be from the class bookshelf or home. Reading levels and books will be checked periodically, and all children will have regular opportunities to read with an adult at school.
Whilst children will now be able to read independently for sustained periods, it is still helpful for them to read alongside an adult regularly. The discussion about the books that they are reading is as valuable as the act of reading itself. For boys, reading alongside a male role model can be important, and for some children transformative.