Holy Family Catholic Primary School

  1. Curriculum
  2. English
  3. Reading


At Holy Family Catholic Primary School, we firmly believe that reading is at the centre of learning. We strive for children to learn to love books through daily storytelling sessions and immersion in a range of texts in our daily Literacy lessons.

Children are encouraged to read a wide variety of genres. They have access to a range of books through our school library and our reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree, which they read at home with parents and also in school with staff and trained reading volunteers. Click here for access to Oxford Owl's reading scheme with access to free e-books.

In readiness for the world, we believe that we need to teach children how to comprehend, interpret and apply reading skills in all curriculum subjects. We teach children through whole class and small group guided reading sessions. The skills of inference, inquiry and interpretation are taught discretely and children are encouraged to apply these skills to a range of ‘real life’ texts.

To encourage a love of reading, all children have access to the school library. The library has been designed to support our on-line reading program, Accelerated Reader. Click here for a Parent's Guide to this program.

Reading at Home

Reading with your child can have long-lasting benefit for their future. There is a difference in reading performance equilivalant to just over a years schooling between young people who never read for enjoyment and those who read for 30 minutes a day.

There are lots of ways you can help your child get more out of reading a story. Have a look at the sheets below for ideas about what to do when reading with your child.

KS1 & EYFS parents click here

KS2 parents click here

Click here for recommended books for each year group

Reading Awards

Children are expected to bring their reading book/library book into school every day. The expectation is that children read at home at least three times a week and that parents sign their child's reading record.  In January 2019 a new reward scheme is being launched to encourage children to read at home.

*50 signatures   = Red Reading Pin

*100 signatures = Green Reading Pin

*150 signatures = Gold Reading Pin 

(one signature per day)

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