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Home reading

The children will bring home 2 reading books a week. The book should be a RWInc "book bag" book. This will link to your child's RWInc group and it may even be linked to the book they are reading that week in school. The book will contain the sounds they are learning in school. 


Please can children keep their reading books in their bookbag so they are ready to read with their teacher on their reading day and in case we get extra reading opportunities.


In order to support your child's reading, we ask that you read with your child as often as possible and write in the reading record to show that you have read. We are also setting the RWInc book each Thursday for your child to re-read at home. Please see example below of ideas for comments in the reading record. We do monitor home reading as it is imperative the children read and re-read books to build their fluency (reading speed) and expression. 


Please try to read little and often and daily if at all possible. 

We assess the children's phonic knowledge and reading every half term.

The reading book can be read a number of times.  Currently in school we read for different purposes as we learn to read:

1st read - for fluency - we blend the sounds in our head and read the sentence quickly.

2nd read - developing our fluency and expression - we think about how the words might be said in our story teller voice and use the punctuation to help us.

3rd read - for understanding and comprehension - we read for meaning and we answer questions about what we have read.

You could do this at home.  This is why both books stay with you for the week.


This year we will be learning to read and write words that cannot be sounded out- these are called red words. Children need to learn these words alongside a number of year 1 common exception words in the curriculum. We will share these with you and your child will have homework soon to practise them. In the meantime please explore the reading record and help your child become familiar with the early words on the list below. These words are in your child’s reading record. 

Reading and Comprehension

As the children become more confident on their reading journey.  We use the reading gems and questions below to encourage the children to think about the story and the thoughts and feelings of the characters.  Have a look. 


Reading Gems

We use "Reading Gems" in school to support our year 1 reading targets. You can use these question stems at home when sharing your child's reading book. 


The book talk sheets can help you discuss the story and develop your child's comprehension, inference and deduction skills. 

In year 1 we continue to teach reading through our Read Write Inc Programme - see the link below for more information. 

Don't forget to read for pleasure and enjoy listening and sharing stories!

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