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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.

5th June: This week we are focussing on oracy (speaking aloud). On Friday 9th, the children will be reading a poem of their choice during our English lesson. Please spend time finding a poem of your choice. There will be sometime given on Friday to practise your poem.

9th June Continue with your independent reading, working towards your book bingo.

16th June Complete a new page of your reading journal.

23rd June Read a non-fiction book.

30th June Continue with your independent reading and progress towards your book bingo.

7th July Write a review of your reading year for our library. What books would you recommend? I will give you a post card which we shall put up in the library for others to gain inspiration from.