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Our Reading Pledge

At Thomas Eaton we aim to:

  • Enable our pupils to become lifelong readers
  • Enable our pupils to be confident, fluent and motivated in their reading
  • Enable our pupils to read with high level comprehension skills
  • Ensure that our readers challenge themselves


Our class texts are carefully chosen and include exposure to stories, rhymes poems and non-fictional texts. Every child is read to daily and has an opportunity to read daily. Children are taught phonics daily from day 1 in our Reception class. This builds initially from 20 minutes per day to up to an hour. The children are encouraged to practise and learn their High Frequency Words and are monitored on a weekly basis to ensure progression. There is a defined scheme with clear progression. Children have a range of books in order that they develop their decoding skills as well as a love of reading. The children’s initial reading books are clearly sequenced in terms of phonic development.


Children are taught to deduce information from the text, make inferences and predictions and justify their views about what they have read through discussions.


As the children’s reading skills develop they access Accelerated Reader – a computerised system that promotes independent reading and motivation through regular quizzes. Each quiz checks comprehension through a range of multiple choice questions. Each child has their own log in where they can also access their Bookshelf (to see what they have already read and scored), search for books within their AR band as well as quiz. The children are encouraged to quiz as soon as they have finished the book. AR will also calculate the amount of words read.


Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine

We have included Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine as suggested texts that you might like to read at home with your child.

“Imagine a primary school where, over seven or eight years, children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with a core of around 80 books. These ‘essential reads’ would be a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind. This is the ‘reading spine’. Schools that have a reading spine build a common bank of stories that bind the community together.”

Pie Corbett, Literacy expert


How parents can support reading at home

Read with your child every day- this could be them reading to you, you reading to them or a mixture of both. Encourage your child to talk about the plot, characters and make predictions. Remember to write in their reading diary daily and write comments such as:

  • Read accurately and explained …
  • We discussed the content and features of non-fiction text.
  • We focussed on activities on the inside and back cover.
  • Used pictures/ phonic blends / sentence context to decode unfamiliar words.
  • Practiced high frequency word reading & spelling.
  • …(child name) enjoyed … because…
  • …(child name) wanted to know … about the character/setting.

Oxford Owl is a free to register with. It has a wonderful range of resources to help support with phonics, reading and other curricular areas. There are e-books which children can read and solve puzzles at the end as well as videos to help develop phonic knowledge and skills.

The Centre of Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) has ‘hundreds of great books for Nursery to Year 7’. They update their texts annually and introduce the children to new authors and genres.


Remember to visit your local library. The librarians will be more than happy to help you and your child/ren to select age appropriate texts and they are free to borrow.