Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

For information about our systematic synthetic phonics programme please click here.

KS2 Reading

KS2 Books

Once children have progressed from reading Read, Write Inc. fully decodable books, they move on to colour book bands. These book bands take pupils all the way to Year 6 in manageable steps, guiding them to books with an appropriate level of challenge.

At Holt, we strongly believe that for children to enjoy reading, they need to have access to up-to-date, quality, award-winning books. Therefore, the texts in our book bands are ‘real’ books, that have been hand-picked and levelled to guide our readers not restrict them.

When children choose their ‘coloured’ book, they are also encouraged to explore any of the books in our library or class book corners. They may take these home to enjoy sharing with a member of their family.

If you are looking for some reading inspiration for your child, then have a look at the following links which have excellent book lists for each year group:

Whole-class Reading Skills Lessons

In KS2, reading skills are explicitly taught daily for 15-20mins, 4 times a week. Each week, an extract from the term’s core text is used to teach and practice a variety of reading skills.

Every term, the class will spend 3 -4 weeks focusing on fiction and around 2 weeks on non-fiction. Additionally, on alternate terms, there will be a focus on poetry.

Reading Skills Lesson Sequence:

Day 1: Vocabulary – Introduction of new words children may meet in the text, discussion of the impact of these words and a chance to practice dictionary skills.

Day 2: Fluency – Teachers model fluent, expressive reading aloud. Children are  then given the opportunity to participate in choral, paired reading etc.

Day 3: VIPER questioning – Pupils answer a variety of questions about the text using KS2 VIPER question stems. For more information on the Literacy Shed VIPERS, click here.

Day 4: Focused Skill – Teachers focus on one particular reading skill e.g. summarising, and explicitly model methods and skills. Children are then given time to apply this skill in activities.

Day 5: Assessment focus – Teachers use the 15-20mins for 1:1 or small group assessment and children are given time to practice their independent reading.