Reading

Overview

At Parkfield, we love reading! You will find a fantastic library and a reading area in each class. We have lovely books to choose from and even books online to choose from at home and at school. Non-fiction books are available linked to the topic that children are learning. Reading is a top priority at Parkfield and is taught every day in lots of ways! Children who are gifted at reading are encouraged to choose texts that will stretch and challenge them, while children who may find reading a little more challenging are supported in a range of ways to allow them to progress. From Reception to Year 6 we aim to read to the whole class of children in a story time session four times per week.

Love to Read

At Parkfield we foster and encourage a life-long love of reading. In Reception, Year One and the beginning of Year Two, we have books that children take home to share and enjoy with an adult. From Year Two to Year Six children choose from a wide range of quality books to read and enjoy. They can even choose to read from our wide-ranging online selection.

Reception and Year 1

Reading is taught in Reception, Year 1 and the beginning of Year 2 using Read Write Inc phonics program. The children are assessed regularly and placed into groups where their learning needs can be met. They learn a range of sounds to read speedily and this is then applied when reading words and sentences in books. They can then use this phonic knowledge in their early writing. They will learn how to read a book with the teacher and then take a copy of a book that they have been taught home, to read to their parents/carer. They will also take a 'book bag book' home to read which is unseen by the child, but has decodable words that they are able to read. Furthermore, they will take home a 'love of reading' library book home to share and enjoy with an adult. This book can also be read to the child. All books are changed weekly. Early on in Reception, the children will be learning to recognise and blend letters for reading and the teacher will send home information about how to help your child with this, in order for them to progress on to decodable reading books.


Years 2-6

During Year 2, the children will finish their phonics program and will move onto a style of guided reading called 'Reciprocal Reading'. This can be taught in small groups, but will mainly be taught in a whole class style. The children will read and analyse texts and develop skills such as defining vocabulary, clarifying words, asking and answering questions and recapping what they have read. They will then practice their written answers.

Children will also have individual reading books that are appropriate for their level labelled with a 'ZPD' number which they are encouraged to take home and read each day. When your child has read, the parent or the child can record this in their home/school reading record. The children will also be listened to individually once per week by an adult in school. These books are part of our 'Accelerated Reader/Myon' programme which also has a wealth of texts online. Each time a book is read, there is an online quiz to complete.

Accelerated Reader (Years 2-6)

After children finish learning phonics they will then use the Accelerated Reader programme for their individual reading at Parkfield. This will be after Christmas in Year 2 all the way until they leave in Year 6.

Through Accelerated Reader, pupil’s will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of what they have read and become used to answering questions based on what they have been reading. Pupils will have a wider choice of books to choose from and not only will the word difficulty of books be matched to their ability, but the content will be also be relevant to their age group.

Here is a brief overview:

Tell me about the test:

Children will take the reading test termly in school. It is an online test and adjusts to each individual child to see what their strengths and areas for development are. It then gives us useful information such as their ‘reading age’ compared to their chronological age, which will be shared with parents in their reports. The test also gives a ZPD number which informs the children which books match their reading ability.

Tell me about the ZPD number:

You can see your child’s ZPD range when they log onto MyOn.

The ZPD number is a range of numbers for your child. For example 2.8-3.4. This means they can choose books that are labelled 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 or 3.4. Your child should be choosing books within their range.

The lower numbers are books that are achievable, accessible and build confidence.

The higher numbers are more challenging for them. This is something to build up to and aim for over time.

Tell me about reading books:

Your child’s reading book will have a label to tell you its ZPD number. We are no longer using colour bookbands when we use Accelerated Reader. The children may choose a book that has previously been used for bookbands or they may choose a book that is a library style free reading book. Either way, it doesn’t matter, as long as the ZPD number matches their ZPD range.

Tell me about MyOn:

The MyOn can be found at parkfieldprimary.com and the children log in using the same username and password that they use for Showbie.

Have a good look around this site with your child. There are books of interest and books recommended for their ZPD range. They can listen to the audio or read without the audio.

When a book has been read on MyOn it will automatically take you to the quiz website, where you will need to log in again using the same username and password.

Tell me about quizzes:

When your child has finished their reading book they can go to parkfieldprimary.com and press the ‘Accelerated Reader’ button and search for their book to take the quiz. They will log in using the same password as Showbie.

They can also take quizzes when they have finished reading an online book on ‘MyOn’. The quizzes strengthen children’s comprehension skills about what they have read.


Reading with your child, no matter what age, is an important part of developing good reading skills and a lifelong love of reading.

Accelerated Reader is proven to help children become better readers and encourages children to read more and rewards them for their effort and achievement. When children read books at their appropriate level they experience success and grow in confidence and reading stamina. Children can choose their own books to read. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.