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“The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more places you’ll go”

Dr. Seuss 

Reading Skills

Being able to read accurately and fluently is an essential part of everyday life.
Reading for pleasure is one of life’s joys and should always form part of every child’s reading experience.

On top of this, those children with access to a wide range of high quality texts will usually have improved vocabulary, spelling and an enormous bank of characters, settings and plots to draw on in their own writing. Consequently, reading is a daily part of life at Middleton.

Independent Reading

From Foundation, children take home reading books linked to the Oxford Reading Tree which is our main reading scheme. These books will have been chosen by the class teacher and will match children’s reading development. We ask parents to share these books with their children and record this reading in the home/ school reading journal. Children are also able to select another reading book of their choice from the classroom libraries. This may be a book that is beyond their reading ability but might be of particular interest to the child. Children must enjoy their reading and experience the delights of choosing a book that they love reading


As an intervention scheme, we have invested in CODE reading. This scheme is aimed at children who are falling behind or who have not made the progress required to meet national standards at the end of Key Stage 1. It provides a range of texts that are 95% decodable, set in an exciting theme park.

Accelerated Reader

In Key Stage 2, nearly all children will use Accelerated Reader. This system enable children to choose from a huge variety of books matched to their reading age. Once they have read a book, they complete an online reading comprehension test and the teacher records their results.

Every half term. the children complete a longer online test which re calculates their reading age and which often indicates that they should move onto the next set of books.

Children love the scheme and there are rewards and incentives built in so that children constantly feel motivated to read at home.

Teachers Reading Aloud

At some point during everyday, teachers will read to their children. These books will be a combination of poetry, chapter books and picture books. In line with the new National Curriculum, these texts will often be beyond the children’s own reading ability but will allow the children access to rich vocabulary and to experience the joy of using their imagination.

In every year group, there are key authors and texts that teachers will share with the children during these reading sessions.

Foundation – Eric Carle, Mick Inkpen, David McKee
Year 1 – Jill Murphy, Julia Donaldson, Janet and Allan Ahlberg Year 2 – Valerie Thomas, Ronda Armitage, Minie Grey
Year 3 – Jill Tomlinson, Alexander McCall Smith, Joan Aitken Year 4 – Anthony Browne, Roald Dahl, Dick King Smith
Year 5 - David Walliams, Michael Foreman, Clive King
Year 6 – Anne Fine, Anthony Horowitz, Michael Morpurgo

The School Library

All members of our school community can borrow books from the school library. The library is open during lunchtimes and mornings before school for children to come and select books to take home. Of course, it is open all day for all children and teachers to access in school.

Children and parents can also access the online library service using the school Reading Cloud. On this site, users can reserve books, view current loans and read e-books. The children have been given their logins within class and can use the link below to login -

A thorough guide on how to use the Reading Cloud can be found at this webpage.

Bretton Library.

Children visit the local library to listen to story sessions linked to their topics and we promote the reading challenges offered in the school holidays.

Visitors to the School.

We try to have one visitor to the school linked to reading every year. Our focus in school this year has been oral storytelling and recently Chip, an oral storyteller from Snail Tales, visited the school and told stories to every class. He also provided staff training after school to enable teachers to implement his ideas in their own lessons.

Keepers of the Books

Two children from every class are voted as Keepers of the Books. These children organize and tidy their classroom book corners, choose new books and swap reading corner books with other classes.

Book Week

Every year we celebrate World Book Week. The theme of the week changes every year. Last year it was poetry and this year it is storytelling. Children engage in a range of activities throughout the week and we have a dress up day at the end of the week which the children love! The movie of Book Week 2015 is available to watch on the school website.

The link below shows some useful tips on how to share books with children.

The following document contains information about Reading at Middleton.