By the time they reach Upper School, the vast majority of children should be reading fluently a broad range of different texts and genre. Suggested reading lists are available on each class' webpages and teachers are able to make further suggestions. The school has a large selection of fiction in the school library, from which children are welcome to select and borrow. All children are expected to read for 30 minutes each evening and should aim for a range of different authors and genres across each term. They should explore the reading lists and ensure that by the end of the year they have read a good selection from these lists, as well as their own independent choices.
All children should be aiming to complete their daily stars on Doodle Maths each day, to keep themselves consistently in the 'Green Zone'. This usually equates to approximately 5-10 minutes each day.
Creative Curriculum Challenges
Children will receive a grid of different challenges linked to the broader curriculum they are studying in school. They should select one challenge each fortnight to complete, ensuring that they pick a different colour each time. The colours relate to the types of task, so for example written tasks may be yellow, while art and model based tasks might be blue.
There are national lists for each year group of the words children are expected to spell correctly. Teachers will periodically check these through the year and let children know which ones they need to work on next. Children should work independently to learn to spell these words, practicing several times a week, but their teachers will be able to provide guidance and advice on different effective strategies for doing so.