Our Reading Reward Scheme
Why have we introduced these schemes?
Reading at home is one of the most important ways in which you can help your child. Children who read with their families develop these skills much more quickly and develop a love of reading that can last a lifetime. At Plantation we recognise the really important role parents have and want to support this in every way we can, and we hope this scheme will really motivate children to read at home.
How does it work?
The scheme is very simple. All children have to do is read at home and have their Planner signed by an adult at home, keeping a count of how many reads they have completed week to week and recording a weekly running total in their Planners.
For younger children (Early Years, Year 1, and Year 2) we ask the children to read their school reading book. We recognise the importance of all reading experiences, like bedtime stories, and favourite books at home. Please include this in your child’s Planner when recording this reading, but for the purposes of our scheme we really want to reward our children when they read their school reading book, including reading Oxford Owls online books. We expect this reading will take place with an adult as the children will still need lots of support.
As the children become more independent readers, move onto Accelerated Reader and free choice books, we realise that they will read a much more varied range of books and sometimes read on their own. If children are reading on their own, please ask them a few questions about what they have read before you sign the diary to ensure they have carefully read and fully understood the text.
We would, however, still recommend you regularly listen to your child read aloud to develop fluency, expression, and awareness of audience. The whole point of the scheme is to improve reading standards, and this will only happen if children are having regular, quality reading sessions.
To help you discuss your child’s reading we have sections in their Planners titled ‘Home Reading Guide KS1’ (for children in Years 1 and 2) on pages 10-12, and ‘Home Reading Guide KS2’ (for children in Years 3 to 6) on pages 13-17. This includes lists of suggested questions that can be applied to any text or story the children are reading and are designed to help you discuss their reading.
For children in our Reception classes, page 10 of their Planner has a ‘Home Reading Guide’ too. This includes advice for parents on the great things you can do at home when reading with your child and comments you can include in their Planner.
Parents are asked to make sure they use their child’s Planner to sign off their child’s reading each day and put in a running total at the end of each week to keep count of how many reads have been completed altogether in the year so far.
As a child reaches the landmarks set out below (50, 75 and 100 reads) they will need to give their Planner to their teacher for checking and to get their certificate and sticker in assembly. They can then start working towards their next reward.
Please remember that reading should also take place at the weekends and in the school holidays.
With the start of each new academic year the scheme will begin again with a new set of rewards.
What is the Read to Succeed reward scheme?
The Read to Succeed reward system has been designed to encourage our children to read at home and is centred around being ‘star’ readers who want to read, want to pick up a book, and love to read. By being star readers they unlock so many opportunities to improve their vocabulary, creativity and all aspects of their learning.
What are the rewards?
50 reads = ‘Fantastic 50 Start Up’ certificate and a bronze sticker on their Planner cover page
75 reads (another 25) = ‘You Are So Close 75 Superstar’ certificate and a silver sticker on their Planner cover page
100 reads (another 25) = ‘You Hit the Hundred Hyper-star’ certificate and a gold sticker on their Planner cover page
Read beyond 100? There is a secret level to unlock and more details are provided when a child reaches the 100 reads mark!