Authors as Readers

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Summer Reading Challenge will return for 2020 with ‘Silly Squad’ – a digital celebration of funny books and laughter, with artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson! 

The all-new digital Summer Reading Challenge will launch earlier than usual to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers – from June to September 2020. 

A whole host of virtual (super silly!) events with guest celebrities and authors will take place on Friday 5 June to mark the launch of the new digital Challenge. The website will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. Although library buildings are currently closed, libraries will continue to deliver the Challenge through e-lending platforms and social media.

Use this link to sign up and enjoy a summer of reading

Our Intent

At Sea Mills Primary we aim to develop confident and independent readers by inspiring a love of literature and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure. We aim to ensure that children can read a wide variety of texts with fluency, accuracy and understanding which will enrich their lives into adulthood.

Our Implementation

Individual Reading

At Sea Mills Primary we follow the Reading Recovery system. Children work their way through the coloured book bands, starting with Pink through to Sapphire. The books are also levelled within each colour band so up until Ruby your child will take home a numbered book. Our reading expectations for the end of each year group can be seen below, along with the colour band progression and corresponding book numbers. Books are taken from a range of schemes and publishers including Oxford Reading Tree, PM and Engage Literacy.

Reading Chart

End of Reception expectation = Yellow Band Book 8

End of Year 1 expectation = Turquoise Band Book 17

End of Year 2 expectation = White Band Book 23

End of Year 3 expectation = Lime Band Book 26

End of Year 4 expectation = Sapphire Band

End of Year 5 expectation = The children become free readers which means they can select books to read from the library.

For this reason, in Year 1, children who reach book level 20 before the end of the year become ‘Lightning Readers’ which means they temporarily come off the numbered system and spend some time reading and enjoying a range of books in the Turquoise and Purple bands to deepen their comprehension skills. The lightning books are identified by a silver sticker. Their Year 2 teacher will then return them to the numbered book system when they have been successfully benchmarked on the Gold Band.

In Year 2, children who reach book level 25 before the end of the year, become ‘Ninja Readers’ which means they also come off the numbered system and read books in the White and Lime bands to develop their comprehension skills. The ninja books are identified by a black sticker. Their Year 3 teacher will then return them to the numbered book system when they have been successfully benchmarked on the Ruby Band.

Once children have reached the end of the Lime band (book level 26), they will come off the numbered system and select books from the Ruby Band. Once they have read widely within this band they will move on to the Sapphire Band. They will then become free readers. If you have any questions about any of this, please see your class teacher.

Author – Reading lessons

Reading skills, like inference and prediction, are taught in regular whole class guided reading sessions.  Children develop these skills through high quality texts but also using visual resources such as picture books, film clips and pictures.

Reading Questions

How you can help at home

  • Ensure that your child brings their book bag into school every day.
  • Read every day with your child; 10 minutes a day makes a huge difference. Even if your child reads independently it is important that you listen to them read and check that their chosen book is suitable and that they understand what they are reading.
  • Ask your child questions about the text they have read to check that they understand what they are reading. Don’t overdo this as most important is enjoying the book.
  • Read to your child at bedtime. This is a good opportunity for children to listen to a range of stories and explore a variety of different genre.

KS1 reading questions and KS2 reading questions

KS1 reading questions

KS2 reading questions

Useful Links to support reading at home

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