Reading at school

At Balby Central we want our children to become enthusiastic, engaged readers and to develop a life-long love of books.  We introduce the children to a range of good quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry books through our whole-class, core-text approach to teaching reading.

In the early stages of reading, we teach children to decode words using phonic skills as their main approach. Once grasped, the focus for developing reading is on understanding and comprehension.  Your children will read with their class teacher during whole class reading sessions.

KS1 Reading

Once the children have completed RWI they move on to whole class reading. Here the class book, alongside other books and link texts, are used to teach children the skills of reading comprehension. Children will be given a reading book to take home each week and it is helpful if parents can make a brief comment in the child’s reading record to let us know how they are getting on with their reading at home. We expect children to bring their reading books into school every day.

KS2 Reading

In KS2 we also use the whole class approach to reading using the whole class reading text and link texts. This allows children to explore high quality text, be introduced to new genres and learning new vocabulary. The children are also provided with a book that they can take home each day which is at their individual reading level.  It is helpful if parents can write a comment in the reading record books to keep us up to date on how children are getting on with their reading at home. We expect children to bring their reading books into school each day.

Reading at home

Children who are in Read Write Inc groups will bring home levelled books (according to their stage of RWI they are on) and a book for them to share with people at home. Independent readers will bring home a self-selected book from their reading areas.  Please encourage your child to change their book regularly so they can read each evening; speak to the class teacher if this is not happening.

Your child should be reading at home for 15 minutes or more each day.  Your support is hugely important for developing their reading skills, confidence and understanding.  Even if your child is an independent reader, it is still important for you to read with them, listen to them and discuss the books they are reading.


Recommended Books 

Teachers from across the school have compiled a recommended reading list for all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 so that you are aware of the fantastic books that are available in both school and in the local libraries that will enhance your child’s vocabulary and widen their experiences through the art of fantastic story telling.

How to support developing readers at home:

  • Try to listen to and read with your child regularly, 10 minutes a day is better than a longer session once a week.  It can help if a regular time is set aside so that it becomes part of a routine.
  • Find a quiet place to share books where you can feel comfortable and relaxed – learning to read needs to be a positive experience – build their confidence by praising their efforts.
  • Encourage your child to have a go at reading words, by using phonic skills to read any unfamiliar words, and by working on building up their sight vocabulary.
  • Talk about the meanings of words to help to develop your child’s understanding and use of language.
  • Encourage your child to read a range of texts such as stories, newspapers, comics, labels, poetry, non-fiction, tickets, signs, leaflets etc.
  • Read books to your child as well; if they see you enjoying a book it will encourage and motivate them to want to learn to read.
  • Ask them questions about the text to develop their understanding.

Below you can find publications outlining how to support children with reading at home.


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Littlemoor Lane, Balby Doncaster DN4 0LL

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