The National Curriculum for English states that:
“Reading widely and often opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious minds.’’
Literacy is, of course, key to a successful future. Our aim is to ensure all children become highly skilled readers and also develop a love of reading so that they become life-long readers. We aim to ensure all children have a balanced reading diet comprising fiction, non-fiction, poetry and classics.
We use several reading schemes throughout the school. Our main scheme in Key Stage 1 is The Oxford Reading Tree, but this is supplemented by several other schemes and books and children study certain books in detail in a regular, whole-class 'Big Read'.
In Key Stage 2 we teach reading mainly through the daily 'Big Read', where children have the opportunity to study quality children's literature in some depth.
Every class has a book corner, where children will find a selection of fiction and non-fiction books.
Affordable Books For Sale!
We run a very affordable sale of books at 3 o'clock every Tuesday afternoon.
Prices range from £1 to £2.50 for brand new books which will make children want to read.
The book sale takes place in the Infant Hall. Come and see what is on offer!
Log on and read online!
Don't forget to access free reading books at home by going to
You can then log into the class logins with the following details:
Nursery and Reception
Class Name: earlyyears1 Password: reading
Years 1 and 2
Class Name: keystage1 Password: reading
Years 3 and 4
Class Name: lowerkeystage2 Password: reading
Years 5 and 6
Class Name: upperkeystage2 Password: reading
The Infant children truly love the book Handa's Surprise so there was no deliberation when deciding what book to choose for the book bench. The children worked very hard to help design the bench, so many of their ideas have been included.
Thank you to all the children that took part in Readathon. We have raised £450. The majority of money goes to children’s’ charities but the school also gets a small proportion of the total raised, which will be spent on books.
Sharing a book with your child/ren.
Thank you to all the parents that came into school to read a book with their child.
A fantastic World Book Week
We were very fortunate to have Michael Rosen work with our school, St Francis de Sales, and Lancasterian during world book week. Michael Rosen shared his work through a range of performances with different age groups, including his famous story ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ and the poem ‘Chocolate Cake.’ It was a fantastic day which was enjoyed by all the children and adults.
World Book Day Costumes
I would like to thank all the children and staff for making such a huge effort with their costumes. Many children dressed up in a traditional costume or a character from their favourite book.
John O’Leary visited our school on world book day. He showed us many of the books that he has written and illustrated. He did a live drawing for the children during an assembly. John also worked with some children to create a pop-up book.
Books about Town has worked closely with our school to help bring reading to life.
A blank book bench arrived at our school and it was unveiled to the children.
Each teacher discussed potential books for the bench in order to select an overall favourite.
The clear winner was ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’.