Reading at home

Click here for a leaflet explaining how to help your child read.


We have put together a suggested reading list for each year group in key stage 2.

Click the images to download a book list.


 Books year 3 and 4  books for year 5  year 6 book list

Reading at North Cave CE Primary School

At North Cave CE Primary School, we use a wide range of strategies to encourage the children to become confident and independent readers. Children are given many opportunities to read, enjoy and share texts as well as being exposed to a language rich environment. We encourage the children to read a wide range of texts which have been written for a variety of purposes and audiences.

From Foundation Stage onwards, all children are issued with a reading book and reading record. Oxford Reading Tree books are issued as our core school reading scheme and this is sometimes supplemented by other appropriate reading materials. Comments on reading progress are recorded in a child's reading record which is sent home daily with a child's reading book. Parents are encouraged to read with their child regularly and record it in their child's reading diary. Children in Years 5 and 6 have a reading record card so that they can independently record what they have read. This is regularly monitored by the class teacher.

We place a large emphasis on the teaching of phonics in order to help children learn to read. Phonics runs alongside other teaching methods to help children develop vital reading skills. We follow the DFE 'Letters and Sounds' programme in order to structure our teaching.

We teach phonics every day in the Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2. Daily phonics sessions cover the following:-

  1. GPCs (Grapheme-phoneme correspondence) -  This simply means that children are taught all of the phonemes (sounds) in the English language and the ways of writing them down (graphemes).
  2. Blending - Children are taught to blend sounds together by merging the individual sounds until they can hear what the word is. This is a vital reading skill.
  3. Segmenting - This is the opposite of blending. Children are able to say a word and then break it up into the phonemes that make it up. This is a vital spelling skill.

To support the children in their phonic development, we use the phonics based computer programme Lexia. Targeted children use this within school and  these pupils are also able to access it at home. 

Across the school, children read with an adult regularly. This often takes place within guided reading sessions in which children read and respond to a piece of text as part of a group.  Differentiated Rigby Star materials are often used to support this.

In order to promote the love of reading, each class studies a different author each term and becomes familiar with their work.