At Westwood we value the importance of reading and hope to inspire and motivate our children to develop a passion for reading.
We read through many different ways:
One to one reading on a daily basis
Group reading sessions
Reading buddies for shared reading
Daily story sessions
Reading through other subjects
Library Lodge reading
Enchanted Forest group reading sessions
Online Reading games and activities
Exploration of different texts
At Westwood we follow the Book Band Scheme. Each child is assessed using a Running Record and given a colour band of books to read. The colours become progressively more challenging. The order of the Book Band colours are as follows:
PinkRed Yellow Blue GreenOrange TurquoisePurpleGold WhiteLime
Reading at home is highly beneficial to your child's development. We reward reading at home and encourage all children to share a book with someone wherever possible. When reading with children it is always useful to ask your child questions to challenge their thinking and their understanding of the text. You could ask:
What has happened in the book so far?
What do you think will happen next?
Who is your favourite/least favourite character and why?
Is the book Fiction (story) or Non Fiction (Factual)?
Who is the Author or Illustrator?
What could be a solution to the problem i the book?
Can you recall any facts?
Have you learnt anything new from the book?
Would you recommend this book to anyone? Why?
Every child at Westwood is provided with a communication book. This book is to be used to communicate messages from school to home and home to school. This is also to be used as a record of when your child reads at home and at school.
The document below provides guidance on how parents/carers can support reading at home, relating to the book band levels.
Your child's book band level can be found in their school communication book.