Milton Park Primary School

Every day a learning adventure

Reading in Year 5

A culture of reading

Reading is an essential part of the curriculum in every year group. In Year 5, in addition to learning in English being linked to quality English literature, which the children study in depth, each child also participates in weekly Guided Reading sessions, where we work on developing their comprehension skills and ability to make meaning from text. Where children are not secure in decoding text, they will continue with Phonics First guided sessions.

Reading Aloud 

In Year 5, we ask that the children read every day and record their endeavours in their Reading Record.


The children have their home reading books with them and these can a great starting point but if you're looking for other ideas the World Book Day website ( has lots of fun ideas, creative and booky challenges that are well worth looking at. In addition, the site also includes free audio-books, including full chapter books, that can be enjoyed by all the family.  Below you will find some suggestions to help your children with reading.


If you're looking for some other ideas, try the Book Trust web site on the link below. Well-known authors and illustrators are coming up with fun activities for you and your family. There are also links to lots of children's authors who are reading or sharing their work in different ways.

Reading for Pleasure 

This term, Hudson class are reading Troofreind  by Kirsty Applebaum and Colorado class are reading Viking Boy by Tony Bradman.


Guided Reading 

In Guided Reading, we work in smaller groups where we alternate the the activities we do each day. This allows us to work on specific skills within reading each day. 

This term, some of the books the different groups will be reading can be seen below. 


How to support your children with Reading at Home