Going for Gold - reading Challenge

As you know, encouraging our children to read for pleasure and enjoying books is one of Woodhill’s key priorities. There is strong evidence that links reading for pleasure with educational outcomes and it is of great importance that there is a connection between home and school in encouraging children to read. It has been fantastic over the last few years, to see many of you attending our Drop, Everything and Read, and Books and Breakfast sessions.

This year, we would like to build on our reading successes and haveintroduced the ‘Going for Gold Reading Challenge’ that focuses on book talk and breadth of reading, rather than just the number of books read.

Your child will bring home their first challenge card. There are three in total to be completed over the course of the academic year; bronze, silver and gold. Each card has 8 reading challenges that are appropriate to that year group. You will find challenges that encourage your child to read each day, read a wide variety of books and also share their reading with friends, teachers and family. Your child will receive a certificate in assembly for each level completed.

Once your child has completed a challenge, please initial and date the circle next to it. Any challenges that have a written element e.g. book reviews, can be recorded in your child’s ‘Reading Record’. Some challenges involve your child sharing their reading with a friend, their class or their class teacher. When your child is ready they can ask their teacher to do this. Class teachers will be checking the reading challenge cards regularly, so please make sure these are kept in your child’s book bag each day.