Individual Reading Policy
As a school we are continuing to have a massive focus on reading. If a child can read, then they are able to access every other subject in the curriculum so much better. A child who can read well is so much more likely to be successful in life and will have so many more career choices and opportunities as they become adults.
We know that most of you read with your child every night. It is so important to read to your child and also to listen to your child read.
Every child in the school will read an Oxford Reading Tree book
At Westwood our Oxford reading tree scheme runs from stage 1 to stage 20, which means that every single child will now take home and read an Oxford Reading Tree book. Every child in the school will have an Oxford Reading Tree book that is correctly matched to their reading level.
If you have a child working within stages 1+ to 5, then they will also have ‘key words’ that they need to learn to sight read.
Every child will read at home
Every Friday the children will take home an Oxford Reading Tree book and their reading record book. Please listen to your child read this book over the coming week (or the stated number of chapters for much longer, higher stage books) and sign their reading record book to let us know they have read it. Please make sure their reading book and Reading Record book is returned every Thursday. The teacher will change every child’s book on Thursday night and send a new book home on Friday each week. This process will repeat every week, bring their book back on Thursday and take a new book home on Friday. Therefore, Thursday will be the only night they don’t have their book at home.
If a child hasn’t managed to read their book over the week, the teacher can then ask the child to read their book during break or lunch time on the Thursday or Friday so that no child ever gets behind. This will ensure that every child has the chance to become a brilliant reader. If the book is not returned on Thursday morning, then you will get a phone call to remind you to bring it during the day or after school.
Every child will have an individual reading lesson for 10 minutes per week with their class teacher
Over the course of Thursday and Friday the class teacher will have an individual 10 minute reading lesson with each child. The teacher will check that the children have read at home by looking at their reading record for any comments or signatures and also by questioning them on their old book or chapter that they were asked to read.
During the children’s individual reading lesson, the teacher will listen to the child read their new book/a chapter of the book. The teacher will also question them as they read and teach them key skills within reading. The book that is read in the lesson is the same book that they will take home for the week. If the book is short, the children might be given two books.
Please ensure your child has a school book bag or another bag that they can keep their reading book and reading record book in so that they don’t get damaged.