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Thurleigh Primary School

Thurleigh Primary School



We aim to provide a reading culture that instils a lifelong love of reading, where there is no ceiling to achievement and all children have the opportunity to reach at least age related expectations or above.

We make this possible by providing a vocabulary rich environment that permeates all subjects, with reading at the heart of everything we do.  Starting in our Early Years unit, we understand that enjoyable and effective reading experiences have an impact on future success in reading.  The use of key vocabulary and high quality texts can be seen throughout the school as well as encouraging every child to pick up a book, both for pleasure and to learn.  We aim to develop children’s resilience, confidence and perseverance to ensure success.

We use a range of resources to support the development or reading, including books, games, I-pads, and computers.  Our library contains a range of fiction and non-fiction books for children to choose from.

We follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme of books which starts in the Early Years and is continued through other classes.  In addition, we have a variety of other schemes which children are able to read to consolidate and expand skills and knowledge.  We have recently transitioned to banding books according to the difficulty of the text. 

To develop and improve our children’s reading skills, we will

  • Share, listen to and explore high quality class texts
  • Model and share reading skills
  • Daily guided reading sessions in class
  • Daily phonics sessions to enable decoding and reading with independence
  • 1:1 reading
  • Celebrating books by significant authors – including linking texts to our creative curriculum.
  • Ensure each class has access to our school library to borrow books.
  • Visits from authors
  • Encourage parental engagement eg through workshops and effective use of reading diaries


 Our Library

We have a well stocked library that has a range of exciting reading material for all age groups. We regularly review our books to ensure we have a broad range of topics to promote, for example, diversity and gender equality. In addition, our library is open for past pupils to borrow books, so that the community is served and included.


Links for Learning: 

Oxford Owl

BBC Bitesize KS1

BBC Bitesize KS2


Suggested reading books:

Year 1 suggested reading books

Year 2 suggested reading books

Year 3 suggested reading books

Year 4 suggested reading books

Year 5 suggested reading books

100 Books you should read before leaving primary school


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