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Reading at Home

What do the changes in homework mean for you?

Written homework in homework books has gone, so that we as a school can focus on 3 important things:

  1. Reading
  2. Spelling
  3. Times tables (multiplication facts)


Hear your child read every day. A little each day is the best way - 10 minutes a night makes a huge difference.

Ways of reading/getting your child to read

  • Hear your child read their collins ebook to you (KS1 or children in phonics groups) - fill in their reading record
  • Hear your child read their book banded book to you (year 2 onwards and not in phonics). - fill in their reading record.
  • Encourage your child to use the reading websites available to them - Collins e books/Reading Plus/Reading Eggs

Upcoming events

Exciting news! are putting on FREE author events featuring the amazing local author Serena Patel, Children’s Author at Smethwick and West Bromwich libraries on Friday, February 16th! Suitable for ages 6-10, Serena will be reading from her award-winning series, Anisha, Accidental Detective, with opportunities for kids to ask questions. Plus, they can get creative with writing and craft activities! 
We'll also be there giving away FREE books for both kids and adults. Don't miss out—bring your little ones and have a fantastic day! See event details below:
 Date: February 16th
West Bromwich Library: 11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Smethwick Library: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm



Event by BBC Tiny Happy People

Asda Cape Hill


Reading Plus challenge

Encourage your child to read regularly on Reading Plus

Week/date       Average reading lessons per child
wk1 22-26th Jan2.7
wk2 29th Jan- 2nd Feb2.5
wk 3  5-9th Feb 
Wk 4 12-16th Feb 
Wk 5 19th-23rd Feb 
wk 6 26th Feb - 1st March 

Half-term week count too - let's improve our average reading lessons score.

KS2 Reading Plus reading challenge Info for parents

What's new?

All classes now have their own author libraries for the children to read around a chosen author.


Our authors are:

Year group

Chosen author


Julia Donaldson


Oliver Jeffers

Year 1

Vivian French

Year 2

Jeanne Willis

Year 3

Jeremy Strong

Year 4

Michael Morpurgo

Year 5

Louis Sachar

Year 6

Philip Pullman


Talk to your child about their author library. What books do they know by their author? Could the library give them a chance to read more books by this author?

Welcome to our Reading at home page.


This page will support you with reading at home with your child.


Look out for:

  • Advice and support
  • Keeping you up to date with book/reading events
  • Book recommendations 
  • All about Reading at Cape
  • Anything to do with reading at home!

Reading at home with your child

See the Home reading video in our cape video resource centre.