Reevy Hill Primary School

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Importance of Reading


At Tyldesley Primary School we truly believe that reading is at the heart of everything we do.

The National Curriculum states that pupils should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Reading is singled out as of extreme importance since through it ‘pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.’ (p13) Reading allows pupils to ‘acquire knowledge’ and to ‘build on what they already know.’ (p13)

Our beliefs and core values, shared by all stakeholders, are that:


  1. Enjoyment of reading is our primary focus at Tyldesley Primary School. We will facilitate a love of reading by providing opportunities to access a variety of reading material.
  2. Our wide range of reading material will foster pupils’ imagination and creativity. All pupils will have opportunities to reflect on themselves and challenging themes.
  3. Through high quality reading materials, children will have a broad and rich choice of vocabulary.
  4. Reading is the fundamental building block for learning, which allows pupils to access the world around them.


Schools are expected to have library facilities and support and encourage reading at home. The Curriculum divides reading skills into two dimensions:

 · Word reading/decoding

· Comprehension

We recognise that both these elements are essential to success and we support the acquisition of both sets of skills through various methods.

We recognise that these areas are clearly linked to other aspects of English learning: speaking and listening, writing, grammar and vocabulary. We also understand that reading is a developmental process and part of life-long learning and we encourage and praise pupils at every stage of it.

Reading Scheme and Reading Opportunities

At Tyldesley Primary School reading is an important part of all children’s learning and progress.

The schools main reading scheme is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ however this is supplemented with other schemes including phonic based books and The Power of Reading recommended texts.  All books in the reading scheme are colour banded and this ensures appropriate challenge is provided for all children. Children are also encouraged to enhance their reading through  using the school library and guided reading books.

Children who are learning to read are encouraged to read a text more than once to practise decoding skills and ensure understanding. The value of parents and other family members helping children with their reading cannot be overestimated. Parents/carers are encouraged to take an active role in their child’s progress through regular reading with their child at home. Every child in school has a school journal or reading diary that is a two-way communication between school and families.  Teachers collect these journals/diaries to monitor progress. We have many incentives for reading everyday as we believe that this is when children really develop confidence and a love of reading.

In all year groups children have a wide range of abilities, and we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Staff have high expectations that all children can achieve to the fullest of their potential. Wherever possible, teaching assistants work in class, supporting specific individuals or groups of children. Where children are seen to be making less progress or achieving below the age-related expectation, interventions are put in place to support them.

The vast majority of children leave Tyldesley Primary as confident, competent readers whom possess a love of reading. The reading scheme across the  school is constantly evolving and as a result children are provided with books that not only challenge but also interest them and develop and nurture a love of reading.


Reading Opportunities

  • Reading forms the core of our curriculum. All children read. Books are selected by teachers with the knowledge of how they link to other areas of the curriculum.
  • Individual Reading – all children in Foundation Stage read individually to an adult weekly. Throughout school a minority of children will read 1 to 1 with an adult as a form of intervention.
  • Guided Reading – all children from Reception take part in Guided Reading. Guided Reading Sessions are planned by all teachers to teach a range of techniques which enable children to comprehend the meaning of what they read.
  • Reading Areas - all classrooms have class reading areas with topic themed books and author books. Children also have access to social stories.
  • Library - children can visit the school library and choose a book to take home and share with a grown-up. 
  • Story time - all classes have a timetabled slot on a daily basis for story time. This is an opportunity for children to listen to stories, be imaginative and develop vocabulary whilst nurturing a love of books. Teachers and children will choose books at story time for different reasons and purposes and in some classes children will be actively involved in voting on which book they wish to hear.