In accordance with school policy, children should read at least 4 times per week, and record this in their homework diary. Diaries are checked every week. 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. Reading levels and books will be checked periodically to ensure children are accessing books that suit their reading ability. It is important to read a range of text types and ensure that at least some of the regular reading is of texts that challenge both their word reading and comprehension.
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.