Reading at Troon

We love reading at Troon School. Listening to your child read every night and reading to them is incredibly important. Sharing books every day will make a significant difference to their reading, but also their success as a learner across the curriculum.

Reading challenge

Click on the links below for the top fifty books recommended for each year group. Have a look and see how many of these you can read this year?

Happy reading! 


Reception (ages 4-5)           Reception checklist

Year 1 (aged 5-6)                Year 1 checklist

Year 2 (ages 6-7)                Year 2 checklist

Year 3 (ages 7-8)                Year 3 checklist

Year 4 (ages 8-9)                Year 4 checklist

Year 5 (ages 9-10)               Year 5 checklist

Year 6 (ages 10-11)              Year 6 checklist


10 Benefits of Reading

Children who read often and widely get better at it.

Practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.

Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.

Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.

Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

 Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Children then bring this knowledge into their writing.

 Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

Reading is a fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere. You'll never be bored if you have a book in your bag. 

Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together. 

Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.