Fell Dyke Primary School

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Regular Reading – Accelerated Reader or Phonics

We ask all children in every year group to read at home for 10-15 minutes. Ideally this would be every night but, as a minimum, we would expect 3 times per week.

Younger children or less confident readers should read to or with an adult whenever possible.

Children working on our Read Write Inc. programme will bring home a phonics book (at the correct level for them, like what they read in school) and another ‘free choice’ book that they find interesting. Both books would ideally be read with someone.

Children who have finished the phonics programme will bring home an Accelerated Reader book. They should read this book and then take a short quiz in school, to check they have understood it. Children can choose any book from within their level. This information is also in their reading record.
Reading records should be completed and returned to school every day, even if the child has not read. In Year 5 and Year 6, we are happy for children to take responsibility for ensuring their reading record is brough in every day.


We use IXL as our main home learning platform. All children from Year 1 to Year 6 have a login – this should be stuck in their reading record. Your child’s class teacher can give you these details too.

There are a small number of Maths and English tasks set each week. These are based on work already completed in class.

We ask children to complete around 30 minutes of these tasks per week at home.

The aim is to reach a score of 100 on each activity but, as the questions get harder, this may not always be possible for every child. The important thing is that the children are practicing these skills in small amounts to help what has been taught in school to ‘stick’.

Times Tables Rockstars

Children from Year 2 to Year 6 also have access to Times Tables Rockstars. The target times tables are updated regularly by teachers. This is a great tool to use ‘little and often’ to support with times tables.