At Chollerton First School we strongly believe that learning to read and the development of a love of reading is vital to a child's success as a lifelong learner. We aim to inspire our children to read everyday either at home or at school with the aim of developing their reading skills and a love of books and reading which will last a lifetime.


Reading Aims

To build on the children’s language experiences and early reading skills that they have already acquired.

For pupils to emerge from inexperienced readers to independent readers who read a variety of texts for different purposes.

To look for higher standards because we have high expectations of our children.

For children to develop as readers and to be able to enjoy reading for pleasure, alone or as a shared experience with an adult or their peers. We want children to be able to read independently and be able to follow personal interests, use their research skills to extend their knowledge and understanding.

To recognise that reading plays an important part of education and life.


We encourage a love of books and of reading by providing a rich reading environment in our classrooms and in our school library. Throughout the school, teachers read aloud to children on a regular basis. We read a wide range of good quality fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

We teach the word recognition skills needed to decode text and the language comprehension skills needed to understand what they read. Word recognition skills are developed systematically in the all years. We teach phonics daily in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1, using the Twinkl material.



Language comprehension skills are developed and deepened through guided reading sessions where skills of developing a love of reading. 



 NFER reading tests are used from year 1.


We use Twinkl as our primary phonics programme in school. The scheme includes both a phonics and reading focus. The sessions happen every day as the continuity and pace of the programme is essential to increasing the speed of children’s reading development.


In Key stage 1, pupils take part in guided reading session once a week and a RWI every day., where they read a Story Book a day. All pupils are provided with a reading diary which they are expected to bring to school every day along with their reading book. This diary allows on-going communication between home and school on your child’s reading progress.



There are a number of reading interventions in school which support those who are finding reading difficult. RWI one-to-one tuition is used in Key Stage 1. Staff are allocated individual children who have been hi-lighted as underachieving in reading.

Reading schemes

in Key Stage 1 the Rhino Books, which affiliate to Twinkl phonics are used as our reading scheme. Children are sent home with a Book Bag Book at the end of the week that matches their phonic knowledge. This is mainly based on Oxford Reading Tree books.


Developing a love of reading

To develop a love of reading throughout the school these are some of the things that we do throughout the school year 

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 - children are read a quality text daily. 

In Key stage 2 the class novel is shared daily

A library slot is offered to all children weekly with the opportunity to change books

Every classroom has a reading area

World Book Day is celebrated across the whole school

Author visits and trips to local book shops are incorporated into the school calendar

Poetry Spine - The Works Key Stage 1 (which includes Reception) and The Works Key Stage 2 provide banks of poems for enjoying, performing and discussing, and some may be used as models for writing. Poems are organised by year group to create a poetry spine. Core poems are woven into the curriculum each term.

Non-fiction – children are given the opportunity to choose non-fiction from the library and quality texts are selected in relation to topics being studied.

Range of authors – staff are encouraged to select books by local authors, new authors as well as key authors. We visit Cogito book shop in Hexham to spend our World Book Day voucher. 


Reading at home

Reading with your child at home is vital in order to help stimulate your child’s imagination and expand their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Reading books open your child’s mind to a whole new world of vocabulary. Books showcase a wide range of words that your child may not use or hear every day. When you include reading into your child’s daily life, it helps them develop a higher level of words to use in their everyday conversations. As you read, your child may ask what words mean, take time to explain the definitions and talk about what your child is reading.


Oxford Owl for Home

At Chollerton First School, we use resources from Oxford Owl, so I thought I would signpost you to their website.

On the website, you’ll find lots of information about the national curriculum and what to expect each year at school, videos to help with homework and tips on supporting your child at home, along with free eBooks and activity sheets – all in line with how we teach your child at school.

Click on the website links below for more information

FREE tablet-friendly eBooks and activities to help you support your child’s learning.

Expert advice, top tips and activity ideas to help your child with reading

Oxford Owl's Phonics Made Easy guide gives you a simple introduction to how your child is learning to read at school and how you can support them at home, including how to say the phonics sounds.

Free eBook library
The Oxford Owl website has free eBooks to help your child practise reading, including Biff, Chip and Kipper and Read Write Inc. stories.

Free games and activity sheets
Oxford Owl has hundreds of free games and activities to support your child with the English skills they need at primary school.

Each class has an individual log in and password that is 'hfsyear(reception,1,2,3,4)' 'year(reception,1,2,3,4)' depending on their year group.

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Class 2 Reading

In Year 2, children progress through Book Banded reading books that are matched to their phonic knowledge and development.  Children read regularly to an adult, with whom they discuss what they are reading to develop comprehension skills.  


In Year 3 and Year 4, children continue to progress through Book Banded reading books.  Children read regularly to adults, who are skilled at asking them questions to develop their comprehension and inference skills.  


All children read widely during English lessons and across the curriculum.  New vocabulary is systematically introduced, discussed and used.  Children are encouraged to write down new words that they come across when reading independently so that they can be discussed with an adult next time they read aloud. 


Progress is carefully tracked and monitored through individual reading, progress in learning to read Common Exception Words and NFER assessments.  Children who are finding learning to read difficult are quickly identified and interventions including RWI are used.  These children are also identified on class reading lists to ensure they read as often as possible with an adult.


In Class 2, all children read for 30 minutes every day.  Adults listen to children read during this time, but it is also an extended period which gives children the time and opportunity to become immersed in their book and read for pleasure.