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

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.

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)

We use a wide range of schemes for reading including Oxford Reading Tree, Read, Write Inc, Dandelion Readers, Phonics Bug, Comics for Phonics.  Children also have access to a range of texts from the class library.

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.

We have set up a dedicated Twitter account for reading across the school which is used to promote reading and to interact with authors.

Our school dog Sasha likes to relax in the library and listen to children reading stories and poems.

Useful Websites and Documents for Parents/Carers and Children

Book Trust Website – Fantastic interactive story books to watch and read at home. 

Reading with your child booklet 3-4 years

Reading with your child booklet 4-6 years

Oxford Owl Website

Puffin Schools Website

7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home

The selection of books below were collated by a teacher on Twitter called @Misterbodd, we thought they would be useful for children or parents looking for books relating to certain topics.  Click on the images to see larger versions.

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 support.  Comments do not have to be lengthy.  We have added a picture with examples below.