Reception and Key Stage 1
When the children have begun their reading journey at Tanworth they will be given a colour band from which they can choose a book to match their interests. In Reception and Year 1 the children may be assisted in their choice by the Class Teacher or Teaching Assistants. In Year 2 the children will independently choose from their colour band until they are ready to progress onto the Junior reading system. Children in Key Stage one will be heard read at least once a week by the Teacher or Teaching Assistant in addition to any class reading or guided reading.
Key Stage 2
When the children have become confident and independent readers they are ready to move from the reading colour bands onto the school's Accelerated Reader system. This exciting system which was introduced in the Autumn Term 2017 allows the children to choose from a wide range of books including many well known children's authors. Each child will have their own personalised Z.P.D reading range. Z.P.D stands for Zone of Proximal Development and is a numerical range given to the children after sitting a short online test. The Z.P.D allows children to choose books from a range that will be challenging but enjoyable. Children will take a retest every half term to gain a new Z.P.D. When a child has read a book they will take a short online comprehension quiz to test their understanding before choosing their next books. Children will be given a minimum of 15 minutes quiet reading time in school in addition to their class reading and guided reading.
££ Who wants to be a millionaire? ££
How long do you think it would take you to read a million words? Our challenge to all our children is to read a million words in a year through our Accelerated Reader program. Our millionaire's parents will be invited in for a celebration assembly where the children will receive a Millionaire certificate and a £5.00 book token! We also have special certificates for children at the half way point of 500,000 words and for children who achieve 90% accuracy in their comprehension quizzes each half term. For those budding readers who become multimillionaires, they have the honour of dedicating a book to our library. A name label will stay inside the cover of that book for generations to witness.
Like a bucket list but with books!
It is a list of 100 fantastic books: old and new; classics and recently published, recommended for KS2 children to read before they leave Primary School.
As a school, we believe that reading for pleasure is an integral part of a child’s education. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.
There is going to be a section in the library specifically for our ‘T.I.A Book-et List.’ These books will have a 100 sticker on the front cover so the children know, when they have finished with the book, to put it back in the correct section and tick it off their list.