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Spa Academy Askern

Spa Academy Askern


Reading at home is the most important thing a parent/carer can do with their child to support their learning.  

This year, we are launching our REMARKABLE Reading Challenge and we need your help!

Every child in our school has two books. One is their 'levelled' book - the book that teachers have assessed as appropriate to their reading level. The second is their 'library' book - their choice of book from our school library!

  • Reading books must go home and be returned to school every day.
  • Every day, your child should bring home their reading book and a REMARKABLE Reading bookmark.

  • These bookmarks each have 2/3 questions on them linked to a particular reading skill. You can use these questions to help ask your child a question.

Use the REMARKABLE Reading bookmarks to help when reading at home.

Ask a question using these and jot down your child's response in their reading journal!

  • Parents/carers should aim to read with their child at least 3 times a week.
  • Pupils in Y5/6 are able to record their own independent reading themselves in these journals.


When does my child change books?

Pupils may be asked to re-read texts that they have already read (particularly if they are short texts in our younger year groups). This is to focus on develop their fluency and understanding and is good practice. Teachers decide when pupils are ready to change their books.


How is my child's reading level assessed?

In school, we rigorously assess pupils' reading throughout the year. Your child will have been placed on this level after our assessment focused on:

  • word reading - their ability to read the words, sound them out, recognise unfamiliar words
  • understanding - their ability to understand what is being read (vocabulary, inference, prediction, retrieving information, summarising information)
  • fluency - their expression, phrasing, use of punctuation, reading with a flow, speed

It might be that your child can easily read the words but that our assessments identified their understanding needs embedding. In which case, we closely monitor their understanding until they are ready to move on to the next level. 

In each year group, once pupils reach the end of the 'levels', they move on to Mild, Spicy or Hot for their year group. For example, once Year 3's reach Level 11, they will be moved on to Y3 Mild, Spicy or Hot! This means that pupils are able to access a range of age-appropriate and challenging texts.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher by arranging a phone appointment on 01302 700332. 


Miss Woodrow                                 Mr Wardle

Reading Champion                           Assistant Headteacher