"The more that you read,
The more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
The more place you'll go."
Reading allows us to be travel between worlds! When we enter into the realms of a book, we can explore lives, worlds and cultures (both real and fictional) that are completely different to our own. Through our reading we broaden our vocabulary, gather new knowledge, empathise with emotions and acquire new skills.
"Reading is dreaming with your eyes open."
Reading in Key Stage Two
Children entering Key Stage Two will be assessed and assigned a ninja belt. The belt corresponds to a coloured book belt – these are based upon but do not directly correspond to the Oxford Reading Levels.
Children are expected to read a series of books matching their ninja belt before being assessed in a reading ninja trial to determine if they are ready to move on to the next belt. Some belts contain different levels indicated by numbers on the book belt sticker.
The ninjas trial assessment tests the child’s fluency but also, importantly, their comprehension. Once the child is able to demonstrate the skills needed to achieve the BM badges at their belt level, they will be moved on to the next belt.
Children will have access to a range of belted books including fiction and non-fiction. Belted books are intended to support the children in developing their fluency and comprehension however we understand that is important that children also develop their love of reading and to explore topics of interest to themselves. Because of this, all children should also have a ‘rainbow read’. This is a non-belted book that your children can choose from the class books, library or books from home.
The children should read and discuss their belted ninja read regularly with an adult to ensure that they are demonstrating their fluency and having an opportunity to discuss the text to develop their comprehension. Each ninja belt book contains some ideas for discussions points and questions on the inside of the front or back cover.
Once the children have achieved all of their BM badges, they will become a black belt reader. This means they know longer needed to select their ninja read from the belted books and can focus on reading challenging age-appropriate texts - each class has a range of these available in their class reading arena.
Take a look at the document below for an overview of the belts, badges and levels.
Reading Ninja Belts
The Ninja Training Zone
Reading Ninja Training
In school, we build reading into every element of the curriculum and children are encouraged to reading both to support their learning and for pleasure.
Children in Key Stage Two should be reading at least five times a week at home.
As they get older, much of this reading may be done independently but we encourage pupils to read to an adult or other able reader at least twice a week to allow them the opportunity to discuss the content and vocabulary of what they are reading.
In Key Stage Two, children can record their own reading in their reading journal but this must be signed by an adult at the end of the week in order to be entered into the raffle. More information about our reading raffle can be found further down this page.
In school, children needing additional support in reading will be part of a small group reading intervention designed to rapidly improve fluency and comprehension whilst building confidence in reading. Alongside their ninja read, these children will also bring home a short text which should be looked at each day. A time table of the daily focuses can be found below.
Each week, children have the opportunity to enter into the reading raffle.
Five signed reads will gain them a green card and a raffle ticket.
Five unsigned reads will gain them a green card.
Four reads will gain them two house points.
In addition to the reading raffle, children in Key Stage Two will be assigned a Grand Master Half Termly Challenge.
These reading challenges will be set by the Grand Master (the class teacher) and children who complete the challenge will earn Grand Master credits and a special reading reward.
In Key Stage Two, our guided reading follows the following structure. Each has been linked to questions that you may wish to use when discussing your child's reading at home.
Monday - Thinking Like A Reader
The teacher reads a text to the class whilst modelling their thoughts and feelings about the text and reflecting on any new or exciting vocabulary.
What do we think about the text so far? What your favourite part and why?
Tuesday - Retrieval
The children read a text and answer questions that require them to find and identify information in the text. This also includes summarising the text.
Tell me three things about...
What did _____ say or do when ______ ?
Where or when did ______ happen?
Can you tell me what happened in 10 words?
Wednesday - Inference
The children read a text and answer questions that require them to form answers based on evidence from the text. This also includes making predictions.
Explain how _____ felt about _____
Why do you think ______ did/said that?
What do you think will happen next? Why?
Thursday - Vocabulary
The children read a text and consider questions involving word meaning and author's vocabulary choices.
Show me a word that means _______.
Why did the author use that word/phrase _____?
What does that word or phrase tell us about _______?
Friday - Book Club
The children read and discuss a text or theme in small groups.
What do you think of the character / setting / plot?
What did we learn from this text?