Reading plays a major role in your child' development and progress across all subjects.
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, there’s evidence to suggest that reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
Reading improves the pupils' concentration, their understanding of the world and develops their creativity while allowing them to deepen empathy. Ideally, in order to get the most benefit from reading, your child should read at least 5 times per week, even just a couple of pages.
In Cronton CE, we use a system called Accelerated Reader, which allows us to test the children's comprehension skills and place them at the correct reading level. This way, they will be reading books that are neither too easy nor too difficult, but still challenge them enough to make progress. (When the books are too easy, the children stagnate and don't learn any new skills; books that are too difficult might prove to discourage your child from reading as they don't have the necessary vocabulary/skills to access the text.).
When the children quiz and score 100% 3 times, they move up a reading level as they have proved they are ready to progress. Sometimes, after a discussion with your child, they might be given a book at a lower level, which will allow them to consolidate some of the skills they might be struggling with and therefore build a solid base for further new skills and vocabulary.
The children get re-assessed half-termly to make sure they are picking books at the right level.
An important part of your child's reading is journaling in their Reading Journal. I explain to the children how to do so, but for your information, I have included the guide below too. The children are only allowed to quiz once they have 'Reviewed' the finished book.