At Pleasant Street Primary School, we believe that developing an interest in reading is key to the future success of our children. We aim to develop enthusiastic and confident readers who can understand a wide range of texts. We have a well stocked library that children use regularly, they have an active role in the decisions about the texts that are available. We have a dedicated Twitter account that celebrates reading across the school and allows us to interact with authors and illustrators. Our children also enjoy sessions with our reading dog Saha who makes regular appearances in our school library.

Children will be taught to:

  • Read aloud fluently and with expression
  • Read for meaning
  • Develop the skills required for the critical reading of texts
  • Read a wide range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction materials
  • Use a range of strategies for reading including:
  • Phonic (sounding the letters and blending them together. Visual (whole word recognition and analogy with known words)
  • Contextual (use of picture and background knowledge)
  • Grammatical (which words make sense)

In July 2018, we achieved the Gold Level Reading Quality Mark.


From Year 1 to Year 6 children take part in Whole Class Reading sessions that are based on a chapter book.  In the sessions children complete activities based on inference and deduction, retrieval and vocabulary.



Reading Book Bags and Diaries

We expect pupils to have reading book bags in school each day.  This gives us the opportunities to read with pupils more often if the timetable allows.  Children will read with an adult at least once a week and this will be noted in the reading diary.  We ask that parents  read with their child or listen to them read daily.  This could be the text the children have chosen from school, a book on an online platform such as Oxford Owl, a comic or newspaper or a book the child has at home.  We ask that parents comment in the reading diaries about their child’s progress at least once a week.  If the diary does not contain comments from parents we will assume that a child has not received any support from home with their reading and we will contact parents to offer help and advice.  Comments do not have to be lengthy.  We have added a picture with examples below.

Reading Diary Comment Examples

Useful Websites


Useful Documents


Reading Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our newsletter, we will have another edition coming out in the Spring Term.


Storytime Online extracts from booksfortopics.com. Scan the QR code or click on the following link to access all of the stories on their website.


chatter icon

Reading Chatter

chatter icon

World Book Day

19-04-2024

Reception celebrated world book day by reading the story Little Red Riding Hood this year, we had a fun day with lots of different activities such as role playing the story and sequencing the story in to order, we also made our own little red riding hoods.

4
chatter icon

World Book Day

19-04-2024

The children wore some wonderful costumes and outfits today, as they celebrated World Book Day. The children were also excited to take home their free book.

2
chatter icon

World Book Day

19-04-2024

The children wore some wonderful costumes and outfits today, as they celebrated World Book Day in style. There were superheroes in class, along with wizards and princesses! The children were also excited to take home their free book.

2
chatter icon

World Book Day

19-04-2024

We have had great discussions in class today on some interesting books and watched a live stream where the author John Patrick Green told us all about his ideas for his books and his inspiration for becoming an author.

2
chatter icon

World Book Day📚📖

19-04-2024

Class three have enjoyed world book day! It has been so fun and interesting seeing and hearing about each others costumes and favourite books😄

3
chatter icon

Book Week in Reception

19-04-2024

In Reception we were read a lovely story ‘Archie’s grand plan’ online by the author Ray Lowthian. Reception then drew a hat for Archie and pretended to be ants and anteaters. Thank you Ray for our lovely story.

7
chatter icon

Author Event

19-04-2024

Mental Health and Well-being Week

Today we have been very lucky to listen to Natalie Denny, Natalie went into amazing detail of her characters and what goes into writing a published book. We then had the pleasure of listening to the first chapter of Natalie Denny’s new book, Keisha Jones is a Force of Nature!

This book is about when Keisha discovers that the trees in a nearby park are going to be cut down to make way for a carpark, the Bee Squad has its next cause. It’s time for some green activism to save the VITs … that’s Very Important Trees!

10
chatter icon

Reading Buddies visit JMU

19-04-2024

Some of our reading buddies were invited to John Moores University library to talk about reading and books with some Childhood Studies University students. They discussed some of the books in the library, why they selected them and their thoughts on the content and illustrations.

29
chatter icon

The Journey

19-04-2024

We enjoyed looking at our hook reveal and making some amazing predictions on what our story could be about. What could all these items mean?

This term class 4 have the pleasure in reading “The Journey” by Francesca Sanna. This book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war.

13
chatter icon

Reading Newsletter – Autumn 2023

19-04-2024
8
chatter icon

Reading Buddy Training

19-04-2024

Today our new reading buddies had some training from their peers who ran demo sessions and offered some advice to help the sessions run smoothly. We can’t wait to get our new buddies out and about in school every morning.

14
chatter icon

The Nowhere Emporium

19-04-2024

The burning question today is who will get the copies of the sequel to Class 6’s whole class read book. We have never seen children so enthused about a series before.

12