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Reading challenge


In a drive to encourage the children to read more at home, Callington Primary School are running a Reading Karate challenge.The children will be rewarded with ‘Karate Reading Belts’ in the form of silicone wrist bands. To gain a band they will need to read 15 times. For a 'read' to count towards a band your child needs to share a book with an adult for at least 10 minutes. This could be their school reading book, library book, book from home or a comic. An adult must sign their reading record book and only one read per day counts (so there is a maximum of seven reads per week). Older, confident readers may read to themselves but must still have their reading record signed by an adult.  We recommend a period of a minimum of 10 minutes for a signature in their reading record. Class teachers will ask for your child's reading record every Friday to total and record the number of reads for each child. As they gain more signatures, they will progress through the coloured belts. These will be presented in assembly each Thursday. The children can wear their most recent belt to school to show their reading prowess! If your child happens to lose their Reading Karate band, a replacement can be bought. Please pass 50p in a named envelope to your child’s TA. We hope that this will be an exciting way of encouraging the children to read at home every day.


The belts:

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask your child's class teacher. 



Reading at home with your child


Reading with your child regularly at home has a remarkable effect on their progress within school. Little and often is usually the best way. Don’t forget to comment in your child’s reading record every time they read.

To support your child understanding of the texts they read you can ask those questions.Can they predict what might happen next in the story? Can they tell you the main parts of the story or something about one of the characters? What did they like / dislike about the book and why? Can they draw a picture about their favourite part of the book or suggest an alternative ending to a story?


Tips for helping your child to enjoy reading books


  • Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.
  • Visit the library as often as possible - take out audio books and DVDs as well as books.
  • Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
  • Buy or borrow dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language - you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
  • Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
  • Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.


Text is everywhere in the world around us so encourage your child to apply their reading skills when they see text in everyday life e.g. reading a shopping lists, magazines or even TV listings.



Websites to help support your child in the early stages of reading


Letters and Sounds– interactive phonics games and activities to help develop early Literacy skills.


Starfall Learn to Read – a lovely website with lots of phonics games and interactive reading activities suitable for a range of abilities.



Phonics Bug website:

Don’t forget that your child can access their online ‘Bug Books’ using the login given. This is a fantastic and interactive way for your child to access books which will fully support them in using phonics to read and write




Spelling challenge


This year we are introducing a new spelling challenge. In the afternoons, the children will work their way through different spelling levels. The whole school will start on Blue level 1 which begins with High Frequency words such as ‘the’ and ‘on’. The levels progress through the spellings expected to be known by every year group including silent letters, homophones and adding suffixes and prefixes.  If they spell 100% of the words correctly for the level they are on, they will move onto the next level and so on. This is an individual challenge which will help to focus the children on their spellings by highlighting areas of weakness. We hope it will also encourage the children to push themselves to learn common spellings which they can then apply into their learning. 


Please ask your child about their progress within this challenge and encourage them to practise tricky spellings at home.  



Literacy games and resources


Literacy games


Adjective detective


Blast the rocket


Silly sentences


Penguins on ice


Are these sentences?


Grammar Gorillas


What are nouns?


Proper nouns


Adjectives - Floppy and the puppies


Word play


Punctuation police


Dragon land - Question marks


Contractions match


Match the contraction