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On Monday, your child will receive a fiction book carefully matched to the sounds they are learning that week in their phonics lesson. Inside this book there are several activities you can do (eg – reading story green and red words prior to reading, retelling the story, answering the questions). Try to do one activity a night. Your child should also read the text again on each night they have the book – this helps fluency.


On Thursday, your child’s book will be changed and they will be given either a non-fiction book if your child is in yellow, blue or grey RWI groups OR they will get a ‘last and past’ Storybook – a previously read RWI Storybook for extra practice. The children enjoy re-reading stories they know well. Their fluency improves on every read.

The cycle starts again the following Monday when they get their next fiction book.


It is important that your child has their home reading book AND their yellow reading diary in their book bag every day at school. This is because your child reads this book with adults at school as well. Adults will also check the yellow reading diaries daily to see if there are any notes from parents.


Whilst we totally understand that accidents happen at home and sometimes we all forget to put our books back in our bags, we do ask that you treat these books carefully and ensure that they come back to school. We have a designated amount of these books for children and if one doesn’t come back then we can’t give that book to another child.


On top of the RWI home reading books, your child will also have the opportunity to change their library book every week and bring home a ‘reading for pleasure’ book. You can use this how you would like – share the reading and take turns, have it as a bedtime story – whatever you’d like, the idea is that children will enjoy reading and experience choosing their own story from our school library.


If there are any questions at all as we go through the process of changing our home reading books then just let us know.




Our PE days are Monday. Kits are to be kept at school in a named bag (House t-shirt, black/navy trousers/shorts, white socks and trainers).

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