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Reading Diaries

Reading diaries are used throughout the school, but the way in which they are used varies slightly depending on the age of your child. Here is a break down of what happens in each year group.

Year group What we expect from school What we expect from home
Reception Children will have their reading books changed twice a week and an adult at school will make 2 entries in the diary. Children read a minimum of 5-10minutes daily and an adult at home makes an entry in the reading dairy each day.
Year 1 and Year 2 Children will have their books changed once a week and an adult at school will make 1 entry in the diary. Children read a minimum of 10 minutes daily and an adult at home makes an entry in the reading diary each time.
Year 3 and 4 By this age many children are on chapter books, so books will be changed when the child has finished his/her book.

Children who are not reading chapter books, will have their books changed weekly. An adult at school will check the child is reading daily and make 1 entry to acknowledge this.

Children read a minimum of 10-15minutes daily. Children can write their own daily comments, but an adult at home must sign the diary at least once a week.
Year 5 and 6 By this age many children are on chapter books, so books will be changed when the child has finished his/her book.

Children who are not reading chapter books will have their books changed weekly. An adult at school will check the child is reading daily and make 1 entry to acknowledge this.

Children read a minimum of 15-20minutes daily. Children can write their own daily comments, but an adult at home must sign the diary at least once a week.

Each teacher has a set timetable for when reading diaries are checked, please speak to your child’s teacher or ask your child what day this is.

Here are some suggestions of comments an adult at home might make…

Suggested comment for reading diary

If you would like further support with this, please feel free to speak to your child’s class teacher.