Stanton St QuintinPrimary School

Discovering Together

Home Learning

Reading, book changing and reading bookmarks

Reading is an incredibly important skill that feeds into every aspect of your child’s education, prospects of success and future life. 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.

Your child will bring home the following in their book pouch:

  • A phonics book/s (to be read by your child to you)
  • A sharing book chosen from the library (to be shared with your child you may wish to read this to your child)

Whilst your child is learning to read, we ask that you encourage your child to re-read their phonics book until they are able to read this book fluently. Re-reading the same book for fluency supports young readers to become more confident and engaged in reading. Your child shall be supported to change their book once to twice a week, if they are able to read their book fluently. This will be judged by your child’s class teacher or teaching assistant.

Please briefly record when your child reads by writing your initials on their reading bookmark. This replaces our reading records this year.


Home learning

Home learning provides a crucial link between children’s learning at school and home.

Year 1 and 2

  1. Daily reading (at least 10 minutes)- please record on your reading bookmark
  2. Practise reading and spelling Common Exception Words that are stuck in red spelling books (words we use lots). Children shall be tested on these words once every term to track the progress they are making with the rapid recall of spelling these words.
  3. Reading words on your phonics bookmark (cat bookmark). Your child may also practise writing these words, using their sounds to spell. There are some ideas inside the red spelling book. Children will not be tested on these words in a formal spelling test.