Stanton St QuintinPrimary School

Discovering Together

Home Learning

Reading, book changing and reading journals

Reading is an incredibly important skill that feeds into every aspect of your child’s education, prospects of success and future life. At Stanton St Quintin, books and reading are at the heart of our school, teaching and learning and it is our passion to instil a love for reading in every child.

Reading and the use of quality texts sits at the core of our approach to teaching across the curriculum, however reading with a child on a one to one basis is also highly important. This includes a balance of reading to your child and listening to your child read to you; both are equally as important. As a result of a busy timetable and broad curriculum, we are unable to listen to every child read daily. It is therefore extremely valuable when children are supported and encouraged to read at home once a day. We understand that life can be busy, however we appreciate your support by reading daily with your child.

Children will bring home a reading book suited to their reading ability, which they will be able to decode the words and read to an adult. They will also bring home a ‘sharing book’ to develop a love of reading. This is a book you can read to your child.


Book changing: Children will change their books on a Monday and Thursday if they have read their book. We encourage re-reading the same book to build fluency as children are learning to become fluent and expressive readers. This develops a sense of achievement and love of reading when children read a book fluently after having to sound out many of the words the first few times they read it.

Please find our Reading Policy on the school website.


Home learning

Home learning provides a crucial link between learning at school and home and enables children to cement their learning further. Please see the table below which explains our home learning model.

Please make sure you activate your child’s seesaw account.  They should have brought home a code to do this.  If they have not please contact us. 


YEAR 2 Maths

  1. Daily reading (at least 10 minutes)

Please record this in your child’s reading journal. Top tips for supporting your child as a reader can be found in the front of their reading journal.

  1. Practise Common Exception Words (CEW)

These are words we use lots in our writing and should be learnt off by heart to read and spell. A copy of these words can be found in your child’s spelling book. We recommend practising a few words at a time (reading and spelling), adding more words each week. Even if a child can spell a word one week, they should continue to practise this word to ensure the spelling is properly embedded. Your child shall be tested on reading and spelling these words in school at some point during each term.

  1. Phonics

Every week/fortnight, children shall bring home a bookmark inside their reading books of words containing different spellings of the sound that they have been learning in school.

When reading every day, children should also practise reading these words: “Say the sounds, read the word” eg. p-l-ay play.

Despite there no longer being weekly spelling tests, it would benefit your child to practise ‘say the sounds, write the word’ in their Spelling Book. This book should live in book bags so that it is in school every day.

There are some different ideas for making spelling practise more enjoyable (and therefore memorable) in the front of these books.

Use of TT Rockstars

Please find your login details in the back of your reading journal.


Look out for home learning challenges linked to our topic throughout the year posted on Seesaw.