Strive for Five - Reading

At Kippax Ash Tree we expect every child to read five times a week at home. We call this 'strive for five' and this should be recorded in each child's reading record. In Early Years as the children begin to learn the single letter sounds and progress through the RWInc phonics scheme, teachers will post the online lesson link on Class Dojo for parents and children to watch and practice at home. In Early Years (as children progress to blending sounds to read words) and in KS1, children will bring home a phonetically decodable RWInc book bag book each week. This book is matched to the phonics group the child is in. In Key Stage Two each child brings home a reading book matched to their assessed reading level from our banded book selection.

In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two every child has the opportunity to visit our library once a week and choose a book to bring home. In Early Years children can select a book weekly from the 'Bed Time Story Box'. Alongside this each classroom has it's own class library with a range of books organised into story types and their very own 'Waterstones' book tables with multiple copies of books which children can take to read freely and discuss with peers.

Strive for Five - Maths

In Year 1 we expect every child to use Numbots at home to practice and consolidate their Maths skills five times a week. As children move in to Year 2 they are expected to use Timetables Rock Stars, five times a week at home to develop fluency and recall of Timetables. Teachers have the ability to monitor children's use on Timetables Rock Stars and can set which Timetables children need to practice.


In classes we celebrate those children who have 'strived for five' each week with certificates and Class Dojo posts. Children who 'strive for five' every week for a whole half term get extra special celebrations with their class teachers. Furthermore children who 'strive for five' every week for the whole academic year can win a extra special prize.