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Year 5 Reading Curriculum

What is my child’s experience of reading in Year 5?

Just like in Year 2, 3 and 4, children begin each term by exploring an exciting book together during whole class guided reading, for example ‘The incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth’ by Rachel Ignotofsky. While the class share each book, they also develop their reading fluency and reading inference skills (understanding what is implied rather than directly stated). Children also keep reading journals in which they reflect on their reading and carry out activities inspired by the book they are sharing.

Unique to Year 5... is that children take part in a special reading project with an outside organisation. In the past, we have worked with Collected Works CIC, Jubilee Library, and BookTrust. We are always looking out for our next exciting project!

All children:

  • are frequently read to by the class teacher;
  • experience high quality books during guided reading;
  • regularly read aloud to a reading partner or an adult during guided reading;
  • keep a reading journal;
  • visit the school library regularly;
  • can take a book form the class library and the school library;
  • keep a log of all the books they read at home and at school.

Phonics interventions:

  • Children who are consolidating Bug Club units 1 to 11 take part in a phonics intervention and continue to have 1:1 reading with an adult using books appropriate to their Bug Club level.
  • Children still not secure up to unit 27 continue to use Bug Club phonics packs and Bug Club Guided Reading sets. These can then be supplemented using colour banded reading sets from turquoise and above. These children continue to access to the Bug Club e-books.
  • Children taking part in interventions continue to keep a reading diary.

What can I do to support my child with reading in Year 5?

Please continue to read aloud to your child and do ‘turn-taking’ at bedtime – this is not just for younger children! Give your child space and time to read alone. Make sure your child has access to plenty of texts – fiction and non-fiction - on many different topics and by a wide range of authors. Ask us for support with this! Have fun learning the meaning of unfamiliar words that you spot and try them out in new sentences. If you feel confident, read difficult texts to your child, and allow them the chance to listen and ask questions.

Useful questions to ask:

  • Was there one big lesson you took away from this book?
  • Have you ever read a... poem/myth/fantasy/biography?
  • How is ___ similar to ___?
  • Were there any words you didn’t quite understand? The word __ means __; In a sentence it’s __.

What quality books do we use in our Reading Curriculum?

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