Reading at Home and School

The school’s overall objective is for each child to become a fluent and confident reader who reads widely and for pleasure.  Reading is taught as a specific skill and each child’s progress is carefully monitored.  Children are taught reading strategies in small groups during Guided Reading.  Once a week there is a Whole Class Reading session with the purpose of developing vocabulary, and retrieval and inference skills.  This session is based on the class read which is a high quality, age appropriate text.  Thorpe Acre Junior School has invested heavily in a wide variety of new books which provide a structured approach to the teaching of reading throughout the school.  Read,Write Inc intervention is provided for those pupils who need additional support to address any gaps in their phonic knowledge.  Accelerated Reader is provided for all pupils which encourages children to read a wide variety of texts whilst allowing their progress to be carefully monitored and tracked. There is a wide range of graded reading material within the school and this is supported by a well-stocked fiction and non-fiction library.  We frequently hold reading themed days in school which we hope will foster a sharing and love of books.

It is expected that parents will listen to their child read for 10-15 mins each night and record this and any new vocabulary in their reading record.


Every two weeks, Miss C Spencer takes each class for a reading lesson.  She has chosen the following authors so the children can sample a selection of their works and learn about their lives.


YEARS 3 & 4

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Michael Morpurgo 

Tom’s Sausage Lion

The Fox and the Ghost King

The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips


Dick King-Smith 

The Hodgeheg

All Because of Jackson

The Invisible Dog

Spring 1

Spring 2

Philippa Pearce


Mrs Cockle’s Cat

The Way to Sattin Shore

The battle of Bubble and Squeak

Cressida Cowell

How To Train Your Dragon

The Wizards of Once

The Wizards of Once Twice Magic


Summer 1

Summer 2

Anthony Browne

King Kong

Voices In The Park

The Tunnel

Into The Forest


Malorie Blackman

Operation Gadgetman


YEARS 5 & 6

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Joan Aiken

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

A Necklace of Raindrops

Moon Cake

Katherine Rundell


The Explorer

The Good Thieves


Spring 1

Spring 2

Eion Colfer

Artemis Fowl

Fowl Twice

Once Upon a Place


Neil Gaiman


The Graveyard Book

Hansel and Gretel

Summer 1

Summer 2

Philip Reeve

Oliver and the Seawigs

Scrivenor’s Moon

Mortal Engines


Shaun Tan


The Arrival

Rules of Summer

The Lost Thing


What the children had to say .....

Useful Documents and Links

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