Home Reading Books
We like to get the children taking home reading books as soon as possible at SASJ. As we have a fully decodable reading book scheme for early readers, the children don’t need to know many sounds be able to get their first book to take home. We found that the children love the Dandelion Launchers books so much that we invested in games that reinforce the learning from the books. These books are generally used in Acorns Class as they help the children develop their confidence.
Once the children are more confident, they begin to read books from other schemes, mainly Oxford Reading Tree. The aim for home reading books is to help develop the children’s skills and become more fluent. In each year group, the children may progress no further than a given band as we encourage the children to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the skills – we do not encourage racing through the book bands. Children who are at greater depth may be given ‘real books’ rather than banded books until they can move on to the next band.