Doveridge Primary School

Class 4 Reading

The children will engage in reading in many ways. Each day, the children will partake in reading for pleasure where they will actively engage in a text of their choosing to suit their interests.

The children also take part in guided reading sessions weekly and are then expected to answer a range of questions which will showcase their understanding of the text they have read.  These will include; making reference to the text, using evidence to justify deductions and inferences. 

They will continue to learn to distinguish between layouts, styles and language of different text types.  Throughout the year the children will be looking more at the authors’ choice of language, literary techniques, layouts and context, before considering the effect on the reader.

During writing units, the children are read to and are able to observe their teacher modelling the reading process which includes ‘thinking aloud’ as how we as readers are able to make inferences and deductions from the authors choice of vocabulary. 

The children who are on free readers are responsible for changing their own books and can do so in the classroom library, or bring in books from home or use the School library. We do encourage children to try to persevere with books and not change them too often if they are unfinished.  We also recommend that they try a range of text types as this helps them to expand their knowledge and interests and also helps them to become more proficient writers.  We have an ever-expanding range of texts and can provide titles for reluctant readers or those with specific needs such as dyslexia.  The children must bring in their reading records – signed to show they have read the previous day/night – each day.  The reading records are checked weekly either by the class teacher or TA. For any children who are on reading scheme books, their books will be changed once the child lets the class teacher or TA know they have finished them. 


In Class 4 we have a ‘Global Reading Challenge’ where the children have to read to be able to travel around the globe. They have a map in the classroom, where they are able to see and track how far they have travelled. The children each have their own ‘reading passports’ that track their individual progress. We ask the children to aim for 50 minutes of reading per week (10 minutes every night). Every time the children reach a new country they receive a certificate.

We are more than aware that as children get older, parents tend not to listen to children read as often, but it is still vitally important to do so, so we would encourage parents to continue to do this regularly.  This can be done at any time of the day and in a range of ways. It could involve the parent reading to the child and then the child answering questions on what they have read, or shared reading, where the parent is able to model the pace and tone required for the text and the child is then able to learn from this. 

Please see recommended reading books for each year group below: 

If you need additional support with reading, please see the document below:

Parent Partnership Reading Support Booklet

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