Reading is promoted as an enjoyable activity and a life skill throughout Abbey View Primary Academy.

Our aims are to enable children to:

  • Develop positive attitudes towards reading so that it is a pleasurable and meaningful activity
  • Read and respond to a variety of texts whilst gaining increased level of fluency, accuracy, independence and understanding
  • Use reading skills as an integral part of learning across the curriculum

Children have a wealth of reading opportunities during the course of the school day, in which to develop and extend their skills, confidence and interest. These include:

  • Guided reading - the academy uses the Kingscourt reading scheme throughout KS1 as well as AlphaKids.
  • Daily/weekly reading with an adult and/or regular independent reading – teachers monitor reading and discuss progress with individual pupils and parents on a regular basis. Where pupils are working below age appropriate objectives they will be identified for intervention programmes
  • Listening to texts that are read to children on a daily basis. Parents are also encouraged to read to their children at home
  • Practising and extending reading across the curriculum
  • Identifying letters and words in the environment;
  • Selecting their own choice of texts during library time
  • Answering comprehension questions about a text they have listened to or read themselves
  • Identifying new vocabulary and using dictionaries to help them discover its meaning
  • Parents are encouraged to read to their children at home - home reading books are given to children for practising reading with their families. These are mostly from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, but include other schemes such as Cambridge PM.

Reading is promoted as an enjoyable and enriching experience to both children and parents via a number of events planned over the school year. Please see the academy events diary below. There is a half termly Book Swap where children can swap books with a supply of engaging texts at no cost. The school library and class library are regularly reviewed and re-stocked to ensure age appropriate and engaging texts are available for the children.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

Whether your child is an avid reader, a reluctant reader or somewhere in between, it is often useful to have an idea of books that are available and suitable for their age and stage of reading. The websites below, whilst not exhaustive, are easy to use and may provide you with books to encourage and excite your reader.

Book Trust

The School Reading List 1

The School Reading List 2

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