At Blackheath Primary School, we have many opportunities to encourage children to read for pleasure;

·         All curriculum topics are linked to a text which is used in English planning

·         Children can access The Lounge (our school library) for a range of books during break and lunchtimes

·         Children visit the school library weekly

·         Class text – reading for pleasure

·         Visits to the theatre to engage children in reading

·         Celebrating special reading days; world book day, Roald Dahl day etc

·         Inspiring reading areas in all classrooms

·         Competitions; Summer Reading Challenge

·         Guided Reading Sessions

Whole Class Reciprocal Reading Sessions

·         Reading Beyond words therapy

 Reading Rewards

Reefs Retreat

Our children have the opportunity to achieve reading rewards for regular reading all year round. By reading at home at least two times a week, plus an adult at home signing their reading log, children will collect a reading bubble on their Ocean themed bookmark. For every Ocean milestone achieved (typically one every half term), children will receive a special merit reward acknowledging their efforts.

Reader of the Week

One child per class is selected each week by their class teacher in recognition of their efforts in reading. This could be for in class reading or reading at home. Children are presented with their certificates during our whole school celebration assembly on a Friday.

Independent Readers

We use Bug Club as our independent home readers scheme. All pupils are encouraged to read at home regularly. Bug Club is a finely levelled, phonically based reading scheme, which ensures that each child can find a book at exactly the right level for them.  Bug Club books are graded into colour-coded Book Band levels, and within each level there is a carefully planned progression of books. This fine progression gives children plenty of opportunity to develop their reading skills and master each fine step while moving through the reading programme. Each child has a personalised book allocated by the teacher and motivating rewards.


Whole Class Teaching of Reading

We use Rising Stars Cracking Comprehension materials to support the delivery of our class reading curriculum. This includes a range of fiction and non-fiction texts with interactive questions to engage the children in reading.  During these sessions, our children also take on reciprocal reading roles where they work collaboratively in pairs or groups to delve deeper into a text on skills such as clarifying complicated words, predicting, summarizing the text and making links with ideas in texts. Through developing these skills, our children work towards a greater depth level in reading.

Guided Reading KS1

We also use Rigby Stars as our guided reading scheme to teach Reading. The books include collection of fiction and non fiction engaging texts with specific objectives and reading assessment focuses. If you would like more information or ideas on how you can support reading at home, please get in touch with us. Children are assessed during Guided Reading sessions and during English lessons.  We asses using staged targets which are shared with parents during parent consultation meeting in the Autumn term.  If you would like a copy of the staged targets, please click on the relevant stage;


Reading Stage Targets 


Useful Links for Parents;

Booktrusted website

lovereading4schools free website

Oxford Owl –  Help your child’s reading

Scottish Book Trust website

Stories from the web

UK Children’s Books website