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Bishop MonktonC of E Primary School



Reading is at the heart of all independent and collaborative learning. In the words of Katherine Rundell: 'Reading is a crowbar to the world.' Our whole school curriculum is centered where possible, around books. Reading allows vocabulary to grow and enormously supports access and understanding of all subjects...and the world!


We would encourage children to read something every day.

We would encourage children to read widely - news, comics, poetry, non-fiction, instructions...

We would encourage children to explore meanings and vocabulary with adults.



  • The children will be asked to read their individual books for homework and to record their progress in their planners. At least 5 times over the whole week. This can be in the form of a discussion with an adult or an audio book. Hearing/reading words is brilliant! If the children want to dip into a magazine in the middle of their fiction or non-fiction book, they can. THE AIM: TO GET PLEASURE OUT OF READING.
  • The children may be asked to celebrate a book that they have read by creating a page in their Reading Journal. (It would be great to see these journals used even when it is not set for homework - go for it!)
  • The children may be given a poem to explore at home. Perhaps to learn; perhaps to just practise reading with prosody (expression to enhance the meaning).
  • The children may be given a research task. E.g. Can you find an author who writes about another country; describe a fabulous character or to write a book review.
  • The children who are on our leveled Book Life Scheme will participate in 'Book Bingo' to encourage a range or reading. They will achieve an award certificate in our Celebration assembly once all the boxes have been completed.



Homework will be set on a Friday for the following Friday.

Reading Homework Wk1 Friday 9th September

  • Read 5 times this week and record it in your planner. One evening you may record that you have had a discussion about the setting, characters, plot, subject matter, interesting words with an adult.
  • Complete 1 page of your Reading Journal. This is your celebration. It must include: the title, the author, a summary, what you enjoyed about the book. It might include: illustrations, 'Did You Know?' facts, word searches, knew words that you have discovered.

Reading Homework Wk. 2 16th September

Along with your individually chosen book that you are reading, choose a poem from the poetry pocket to enjoy. It may be an opportunity to cross off one of your Reading Bingo squares!

Reading Homework 23rd September  WK3

Please take a non-fiction book home and share it with a member of your family. (Don't forget that this could tick off a box on your reading bingo!)

Reading homework 30th September 2022

Please can you complete a second (some of you will have done more) page of your reading journal. Don't forget that you could use your poem or your non-fiction book from last week.

Reading Homework 7th October  WK5

Please take a non-fiction book home and share it with a member of your family. (Don't forget that this could tick off a box on your reading bingo!)