This is a key transition year where most children will be on the colours towards the last third of the scheme (Purple, Gold, White, Lime and Silver Stars) and begin the Library Young Readers Challenge. For the most able, there is a Library Key Authors Challenge and then an Advanced Author Challenge to move onto.
When you reach the Young Readers section, your child will be a fluent reader able to enjoy short chapter books. However, moving from this into free choice of any library book is possible but we felt it was important to provide a scaffold in the shape of two author challenges to guide the children for a while in their reading choices alongside independent choices.
What we expect parents/family carers to do:
- Read and talk about the books with your child daily
- Write a comment in their reading home/school journal once a week
- See the list of questions you might talk about in the inside front cover of their reading journal
- Begin to encourage your child to broaden their reading choices, for example trying different genres, adventure and fantasy, or including magazines, non-fiction leaflets and books
What the school will do:
- Daily Guided Reading in ability groups (approx. 6 children) – the teacher works with a different group each day
- Will promote enthusiasm and discussion through opportunities to share book ideas, e.g., Book Talk, Desert Island Discs
- Ask children to independently choose books suitable to their reading ability with some help where needed
- Ask parents to help during Guided Reading Sessions, 8.50 to 9.15 am
- Write a teacher comment in their reading record book once a week
- Encourage your child to visit the school library throughout the week
- Support your child through the reading scheme and beyond with book marks and stickers for the Library Author and Advanced Author Challenges
- Support your child through Library research skills sessions for one half term (approx 6 weeks)