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Reading in KS2

Are you wondering what book your child might want to read from the school library or your local library?

Are you for ideas about which books to choose as presents or to inspire your child to read at home?

Check out the Year 5 and 6 reading Padlets for lots of recommendations of great books.  

Whole Class Reading


A whole class reading lesson is a shared opportunity to study extracts and whole texts. These include poetry, non fiction, short stories, classic and modern fiction. Texts are challenging and ambitious, frequently above the level the child might read to him or herself. This means that the weaker reader is having access to stimulating reading material. Mostly, the shared extract is read by the teacher to the class. This enables children to hear reading modelled and to know what fluency is. VIPERS questioning is used during whole class reading as well as the modelling of fluency using the WalkThru's approach, giving children the opportunity to practice expression and intonation with modelling.

Reading books


Children choose the books they read from the school and local home libraries, and from peer recommendations. A record is kept of their reading choices in a reading record for Years 3 and 4 and on an online ‘Padlet’ in Years 5 and 6 (see the example above).  The library also has sets of books to encourage children to read in 'book groups'. 


Children are encouraged to choose books that are within their Accelerated Reader (AR) ‘Book level’ range.  They can choose easier books to read to a buddy group member or harder books for grown ups to read with/to them at home.  We encourage the children to love reading and our aim is that they can access, understand and enjoy the books the decide to read.  


Some key stage two pupils are directed to choose a colour banded/phased reading book alongside their library book, if they are working below age related expectations or need further practice of fluency development.