All children have reading journals. For young children in KS1, the reading journal serves as a dialogue between the class teacher and parents about:
- the book the child has read
- what page they have got up to
- how they read
- how well matched the book was to the child’s ability level
- any words they found hard
From Year 3 onwards, the reading journal becomes something else: a record of a child’s personal response, in writing, to the books they are reading. This is also a space where children are encouraged to develop their vocabulary, as children are expected to regularly list words they come across in their daily reading that they find challenging or interesting, thinking of synonyms and antonyms for each one. Children are encouraged to read a variety of texts, from fiction to poetry to a range of non-fiction.
Please click on the link below for more information on the reading journal expectations in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Year 3: reading journal expectations
Year 4: reading journals expectations
Year 5: reading journal expectations
Year 6: reading journal expectations
Some further ideas regarding what to write in a reading journal: