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The main reading scheme used in Year Two - Year Six for home reading is a colour banded scheme that includes books from a variety of recommended schemes including ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. Within this scheme, the children progress through colour bands which increase in complexity of language, themes and structures as well as volume of text on each page. Children begin this scheme in Reception and will continue to follow recommended texts until the end of their Key Stage 2 career.
At Divine Saviour School we continue to guide the children’s reading choices even after they have completed the structured reading schemes. Once they have completed the banded scheme children move on to choose from a selection of quality reading texts recommended for their age range. These have been selected to give the children experience of good quality texts that continue to develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills in line with the new KS2 expectations.
As the children move into KS2, the guided reading texts become more challenging. They do not necessarily follow a scheme. Teachers prefer to read texts which are appropriate to an element of the curriculum being taught or from an author who is of particular interest to that group of children.
Book Week this year took place during the week beginning Monday 15th March 2021. The staff planned lots of activities for the week that encouraged the children to continue to have a love of books and reading.
Our Book Week theme this year was ‘Share a Story’. During the week, there were many exciting activities taking place within classrooms. One activity that proved extremely popular with the children was, ‘The Secret Reader,’ where parents videoed themselves reading extract from or a short story. These were shared with their child’s class. This year, unfortunately we were not able to gather as a school to do a book character parade, but we did have an exciting competition for the children to take part in. The children were asked to pick one of their favourite books and create a ‘Book in a Box’ or ‘Diorama’ as a homework challenge. In other words, children recreated their favourite scene from their favourite children’s book in a shoe box / cereal box / similar, using their choice of materials. Please watch the video below to see our amazing creations!