This page is to provide parents with guidance about Reading Trees.
As a school, we want all children to share the pleasure of reading, in all its forms, through their weekly Reading Tree.
The Reading Tree is an opportunity to showcase the reading journey that you and your child have been on. It is a celebration of reading of all types, including non-fiction, poetry, comics, graphic novels, audio books, e-books,
magazines, sports programmes, blogs and even road signs, board game instructions and cafe menus!
As a family, you can choose to add to the Reading Tree on a daily basis, or every other night.
However, there is an expectation that you add to it regularly, that you record the number of reading
sessions each week and that it is signed once a week.
Each week, in the space above the image of a Reading Tree, please encourage your child to draw
characters or settings or scenes; write mini- book reviews; give a book a star-rating; recommend
books for friends; write comments about the books; add stickers; and share books which they are
reading from other places (e.g. Budleigh Salterton Library).
It is particularly important for those children reading the Read Write Inc books (RWI), that you indicate that your child has read each of their RWI books three times. Please visit our website for further details about RWI: https://www.st-peters-school.org.uk/parents/read-write-inc/
Pupils should bring their Reading Tree into school every day. Although teachers will not
provide written comments, a member of staff will look at them weekly. Your child’s class teacher
may also wish to talk to them about their Reading Tree.
Reading Expectations – Minimum reading time each day
Each time your child reads their book for the minimum time expected, please sign the box to say
they have. Typically, in FS/KS1 they will read each book three times.
Reception – 5 minutes
Year 1 – 10 minutes
Year 2 – 15 minutes
Year 3 – 20 minutes
Year 4 – 25 minutes
Year 5 – 30 minutes
Year 6 – 35 minutes