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Gretton Primary School

Banded home reading books

Support your child’s reading journey by listening them to read at home. As a school we ask for your child to read five times per week at home and to be recorded in their learning log.

Your child will bring 2 books home to read:    

  1. A Read Write Inc Phonics Book which has sounds your child has already learned in school. 

Reading this book at home will help your child become more confident and fluent reading words with these sounds.

Your child may bring home a book they have previously read at home, because research shows this is important in order to allow them to develop familiarity with words and sounds and become fluent and confident with words and their meaning. Your child should be confident reading this book independently although they may ‘Fred Talk’ (sound out) words the first or second time they read it – encourage them to read it to you and spend lots of time asking questions and talking about the story and characters. Don’t just read it once – read the book multiple times to develop fluency and deeper understanding.

    2. A book to read and share. This is a high-quality book to read with or to your child and share the excitement and enjoyment of a story. This book is banded to match your child’s reading level

This book may include words with sounds that your child has not yet learnt or is not yet confident reading. You can read the book to them, share the story and talk about the book to help them enjoy books and stories while they are still learning new sounds and words. It is important you do not expect your child to read this book independently – it is a book to be read and shared together. Don’t just read it once – read the book multiple times to develop fluency and deeper understanding.

Once children have completed the Read Write Inc programme they will no longer bring home a phonics book, they will continue to bring home a banded book to read and share.

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