Reading at BHJS

At BHJS, we encourage children to read a range of fiction genre and also explore a range of non-fiction texts both in and out of school.  Regular reading in this way will significantly improve children’s ideas for writing, understanding of language/sentence structure and develop maturity in their writing style… leading to fabulous progress.

Reading Expectations

  • Each week, children should aim to read 5 times, which should be recorded in the back of their home learning books.
    For Year 3/4, 1 read = 15mins
    For Year 5/6, 1 read = 20 mins
  • Reading should be with an adult whenever possible although independent reading still counts towards the weekly total.
  • 1 raffle ticket will be awarded for each read up to a maximum of 5 raffle tickets for 5+.

Reading Challenge

We celebrate reading for both individuals and whole classes.

Individual: Children who consistently read 5+ times weekly will be entered into a termly reading raffle. From these children, all readers will be celebrated in assembly and one child from each class will win a prize.

Whole class: Each class will work towards a whole class reward of extra golden time if they reach the target for collective reads. The termly target will be displayed on the class reading display.

Book Lists

Please find below book lists for Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 to help in selecting age appropriate books for home.  If you would like any extra guidance, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Comprehension questions

In Key Stage 2, there is a much greater focus on developing comprehension skills as children become competent with decoding.  To support this, we would strongly encourage you to discuss your child’s reading with them throughout the school.  In school, we have grouped the comprehension targets for each year group into 6 key areas known as ‘VIPERS’. Please find below (see link) questions for these key skills which are appropriate for all of KS2.  You will also find the curriculum objectives for each year group organised into the VIPERS skills.