At Tyndale Primary School, we prioritise developing an embedded culture which fosters a love of reading. Teaching a child to read is our primary focus alongside developing a love of reading in order to open the doors of learning which books offer. Reading has now become a core part of everyday life at Tyndale.
EYFS & KS1
Children are provided with a reading book for them to read at home, which is in line with their reading age and phonics level. This book must be brought into school daily so that it can be easily changed by the class teacher to effectively enable your child's reading progress.
Each day, we expect children in EYFS and KS1 to read for a minimum of 20 minutes and for this reading to be recorded in your child's reading record.
Children are provided with a reading book for them to read at home, which is in line with their reading age. This book must be brought into school daily so that it can be easily changed by the class teacher to effectively enable your child's reading progress.
Each day, we expect children in KS2 to read for a minimum of 30 minutes and for this reading to be recorded in your child's planner (Years 2 - 6).
Reading Target Cards
Children are also provided with a reading target card in line with their reading age/level. This target card is inclusive of a list of criteria for children to achieve in order to accurately assess their understanding of the texts they are reading and to effectively enable their progress onto the next reading stage. Please inform the class teacher if you think your child has achieved one or more of the criteria on their card by recording this in their reading record or planner.
Rewards and Incentives
There are a number of school incentives for reading such as 'Reading Rockstar' awards, termly trophies, class teacher and peer award recognition.
What Does the Research Say?
A growing number of studies show that promoting reading can have a major impact on children and adults and their future success.
Research has found that children who love reading had:
Higher scores on the cognitive and social/attitudinal competencies
Consistently higher scores in mathematics, reading, logical problem-solving and attitude
Higher average scores for engagement in school, positive communication and relations with family, and positive friendships
Showed less risky behaviour
Higher levels of motivation towards school.
Those who did not enjoy reading were more likely to be:
Heavier television watchers over time
Exposed to bullying experiences
Seen by teachers as having difficult classroom behaviour at age 12
Less likely to complete their homework
Less likely to be enthusiastic about going to school.
(The Growing Independence: Summary of Key Findings from the Competent Learners at 14 Project report)
Below, you can find our Tyndale Reading Spine which we strongly recommend to parents/carers when purchasing books for their children. We also hold a copy of each title in this list at school in our class libraries for children to select during reading for pleasure time.