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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 an improved vocabulary, spelling and an enormous bank of characters, setting and plots to draw on in their own writing. Consequently, reading is a daily part of life at Middleton.


As well as reading every day in Success for All lessons, children will bring home reading books to share at home. If children are in Roots groups, this will be copy of the book they have been using in the lesson which is theirs to keep. The children should be able to read this book fluently using their ever growing phonic knowledge and some sight vocabulary words. They will also bring home an Oxford Reading Tree book which are colour coded. Books begin at pink level and progress through to black level. Your child’s teacher will not necessarily hear them read these books, but will support your child when changing them and monitor their progress through the coloured levels.

Accelerated Reader

In Key Stage 2, nearly all children will use Accelerated Reader. This system enables 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 adn the teacher records their results.

Every half term, the children complete a longer online test which re-calculate 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 every day, teachers will read to their children. These books will be a combination of poetry, chapter books and picture books. In line with the National Curriculum, these texts will often be beyond the children's own reading ability but will allow the children access to a 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 Allen Ahlberg.
  • Year 2 - Valerie Thomas, Ronda Armitage, Minie Grey.
  • Year 3 - Jill Tomlinson, Alexander McCall Smith, Joan Aitkins.
  • Year 4 - Anthony Browne, Roald Dahl, Dick King Smith.
  • Year 5 - David Walliams, Michael Foreman, Clive King.
  • Year 6 - Malorie Blackman, 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 children and teachers to access in school.

Book Week

Every year we celebrate World Book Week. The theme of the week changes every year. Last year 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.

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

The following document contains information about Reading at Middleton.