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Gothic Mede Academy

Reading & Library


Our reading scheme has been updated and now follows our systematic phonics scheme more closely. Our expectation is that children read at home each night. We change books every Tuesday in year 3, however reading books should be brought  into school every day as an adult in school may read with your child. Please mark in the reading diary when your child has finished their book. Only adults should write in their child's reading record. We encourage children to re-read books in order to improve fluency and understanding.

Your child will be heard reading in school in a variety of different ways: 1:1, in Guided Reading sessions and during other classroom opportunities. You may find that your child likes to read similar books, or even the same book many times at home. Please record this in their Reading Record as well as telling me about their school reading book, as the children often discuss and recommend different books in class. Attached below is the Year 3  Support at Home (Reading). This document provides questions that you might like to use to support your child's comprehension skills. By year 3 many children can read more or less fluently and need to develop more their comprehension and analysis skills. Reading just a page or two together but talking in depth about the text will be of great benefit to your child.

A reading comprehension is set as homework every half term. The aim of the comprehension is for children to work with their adults to practise the reading skills that they have been learning in class eg inference, prediction, summarising, retrieval.

E-book library

We are currently trialling the Oxford Letters and Sounds e-book library. All children have access to this library and can log in via Oxford Owl e-library Their class password is xip4 and all children will have their username and passwords in their reading records. Specific e-books may be assigned to individual children to support their reading journey, or you can browse for books that are match your child's interests and reading ability.


Chestnut class will visit the Library every other Friday. The children may select one book each week to share with you at home. The children should bring their book back in order for it to be changed.