English ~ Reading

“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” 

J.K. Rowling

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”

Dr Seuss

“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”

Mason Cooley

the national curriculum purpose of study for reading 

One of the National Curriculum aims is that children develop their love of literature through widespread reading for pleasure, purpose and enjoyment.

the national curriculum aims for Reading

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

Reading at Little Paxton

Reading is at the heart of all we do, and indeed our library (The Nest) is at the heart of the school. All staff aim to instil a love and respect of books and openly encourage discussion of genres, authors and themes between peers and adults alike. We love reading with our classes and enjoy sharing great books together daily, whether as part of our class story or during our English lessons.

Our aim is for all children to become confident, independent readers.

Early REading & Phonics

Early readers are encouraged to choose books to take home and share with members of their family. They will also bring home a phonetically decodable book appropriately matched to their own level. Our current phonics scheme of work is the “Little Wandle” phonics programme.

Reading in KS1

In KS1, children progress through a colour banded system of reading books, based on regular assessment of the ability to decode words, as well as comprehend the text they are reading. They read regularly with adults in school and parents are strongly encouraged to support the development of reading through regular practise at home.

Reading in KS2

In KS2, our children use Accelerated Reader to support their reading. This programme offers a detailed analysis of their reading comprehension, as well as keeping count of the total words read, in the hope to become a word millionaire!




Years Established

Get in touch

Location: Gordon Road, Little Paxton, PE19 6NG

Telephone: 01480 375600


School Hours: M-F: 8:50am - 3:15pm

School Office open: M-F: 8.15am - 4pm