Year 1 Reading Books

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are writing to inform you of some changes which may take place regarding the books your child brings home from school to read.

We are striving for our children to read fluently (see below) and to expose them to a wide range of stories. This helps to develop comprehension and writing skills.  In order to achieve this, we will be sending home books for children to share with parents from a wide range of genres and to continue to focus on developing the children’s love of reading.

As a school we use the Read Write Inc. scheme for the teaching of phonics and as part of our teaching of early reading. The books, which children bring home to read themselves, should only contain the sounds which they have been taught at school. This ensures that whilst reading at home, they can focus on building their confidence, fluency and comprehension skills with parents and carers.

Please continue to encourage your child to read the books they bring home as these should be fully decodable for your child. Regular reading practice is essential to developing fluency.

Further books may be sent home as a ‘Story to Share’ where the parent/carer can take more of a lead with the book and the focus of a reading session can be comprehension, story-telling, expression, enjoyment etc. to encourage a love of reading.

Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year 1 Team if you need any further clarification or support with reading with your child at home.

Many thanks for your continued support



Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately.

Our aim is for children to be able to decode at least 90 words per minute by the end of Year 2 and 180 words per minute by the end of Year 6.