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Tyndale Primary School

Home Reading

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

Pupils 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 pupils 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.  

KS2

Pupils 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 pupils 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

Pupils 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 pupils 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 pupils 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)

Reading Lists

Below, you can find a suggested reading list we strongly recommend to parents when purchasing books for their children. We also hold a copy of each title in this list at school in our library for pupils to select during reading for pleasure time.