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Reading At Home

Reading at Home


Reading books are sent home regularly with a child’s reading record, which can be filled in by teacher, teaching assistant, parent or child. Books are allocated (or selected by the children, if appropriate) from central locations across the school. The books are published by Little Wandle or Oxford Reading Tree and are colour coded (or numbered) and linked to the National Book Band scheme. These book bands in turn link to the National Curriculum levels, assessment grids and support materials used by staff. Once a child is a confident, fluent reader and is successfully able to comprehend the final numbered stage of Oxford Reading Tree (Stage 16) accurately, they become a ‘Free Reader’. This final stage allows the children to choose their own reading material from a wide range of authors that the children themselves have selected – to help foster, maintain and embed a love of reading.


Children are also allowed to bring home a ‘bedtime story’ (Early Years and Year 1) or a ‘library book’ (Year 2 – Year 6). This is to encourage children to pick a book for pleasure, alongside their designated reading book. Lower down the school, these books can be read to them by a parent, to allow children the opportunity to escape into the book and access the vocabulary and comprehension.

Parent Guide to Reading Record Comments


Listed below are some comments which may help you when writing in your child’s Reading Record Book to describe how your child has read at home. It is important to record both positive and developmental comments, as this will help both teachers and parents gain a better understanding about how your child is progressing. The statements below are just a guide; please feel free to adapt the wording and write comments which you feel appropriate.


  • Read familiar words independently
  • Able to predict what happens next in the text
  • Read with good expression
  • Showed good understanding of the text
  • Worked out new words independently
  • Worked out new words by sounding them out
  • Summarised the story and characters well
  • Enjoyed reading this book
  • Self-corrected own errors independently
  • Used the picture cue and the first sound of a word to work out words
  • Read with fluency


  • Struggled to concentrate
  • He/she made a number of errors because he/she was not looking carefully enough
  • Would not read tonight
  • Found this book hard to read
  • Able to read this book with a lot of support
  • Struggled to work out the vocabulary
  • We still need to work on his/her fluency
  • Found it difficult to comprehend was he/she has read