This page is here to support children's reading development and love of books both at home and in school. On this page you can access everything you need to know about reading with details on Reading eggs, Fast phonics, schemes of work in school, online reading resources, competitions and guidance on how to support reading development at home.
Philosophy - why is reading so important for children?
The importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated. When children read for pleasure it can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health!
There are multiple other benefits that reading can have on a child’s development, including:
Assisted cognitive development: Cognitive development refers to how we perceive and think about our world in reference to our intelligence, reasoning, language development, and information processing. By reading to children, you provide them with a deep understanding about their world and fill their brains with background knowledge. They then use this acquired background knowledge to make sense of what they see, hear, and read, which aids their cognitive development.
Developing empathy: When we read a book, we put ourselves in the story in front of us. This allows us to develop empathy as we experience the lives of other characters and can identify with how they are feeling. Children can then use this understanding to empathise in the real world with other people. Additionally, children will gain a greater understanding of emotions, which can help them understand their own emotions and those of others. This helps dramatically with their social development.
Gaining deeper understanding: A book can take us anywhere: to another city, to a different country, or even to an alternative world. By reading a book, a child learns about people, places, and events that they couldn’t learn otherwise. This gives children a deeper understanding of the world around them and cultures that are different from their own.
Listening to children read and providing them with exciting opportunities to explore the world of books is an essential part to their development and that is why we, at St. Cuthbert's, want to highlight the importance of reading and support children develop their love of reading both at home and in school.
Learning programmes in school and at home
In school we follow the coloured, Oxford Reading Tree book band scheme in the lower years and in KS2, we use Accelerated Reader so that children have the opportunity to develop through a scheme of books built to suit their reading age and aid them to progress as they develop their understanding of letters, sounds and more advanced written work. All children in KS2 have log ins for Accelerated reader where they can complete quizzes on the books they have read.
We have recently subscribed to an online reading programme called ‘Reading Eggs ’ which is an umbrella name for 3 exciting reading tools to use at home: Reading Express for KS2, Reading Eggs for EYFS and KS1 and Fast Phonics for children working on their phonics skills. This is a highly interactive online reading programme that can be accessed both at home and in school.
The programme provides a comprehensive range of online reading lessons, activities and books that children in all year groups can access at their level to support their reading in a fun and active way. This reading programme covers the five pillars of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.
Reading Eggs (also including the programme for KS2-Reading Eggspress) combines a progressive sequence of instructional learning activities with motivational elements: colourful animations, music and rewards to keep pupils motivated and engaged. Pupils can practice reading and spelling skills through games and quizzes as well as reading books online.
Please click here for a video demonstration of how to use reading eggs at home.
To find out more about the reading games please click here.
Based on solid scientific research, Fast Phonics uses the proven power of systematic phonics instruction to boost reading skills fast!
The programme includes 20 fun‑filled levels where children learn key phonics skills including letter‑sound recognition, blending and spelling. Each level is a Mountain Peak covering one set of letters with more than 20 exciting activities.
Please click on the picture below to watch a video on how to use and get the most out of the fast phonics programme at home.
The Reading eggs programme also contains an ‘online library tool’ which is a fantastic resource for children to access books from a range of authors and genres. This works in the same way as a Kindle where children can read books on their electronic devices. For younger children, the books also contain a ‘read to me button’ so they have the opportunity to listen to stories as well as reading them. If your child has been assigned a specific book to read by their teacher, then this will appear when you click on to the Library tab.
Please log in to access these fantastic resources and the more lessons and games you play the more rewards received! Each week in our whole school assembly certificates are given out to children who have collected lots of eggs and completed different activities.
Below you will find handbooks to support you using both Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics and also an appendix which includes more details on how to use this programme!
We are happy to announce that we will be launching the exciting reading competition ‘Get caught reading’ again this Spring term. It was such a huge success last year and some of the entries were so amazing that we wanted to do it all over again!
The learning council would love to see pictures of you ’getting caught reading’. We want to see, not only the most interesting and exciting places you have been reading but also your favourite places to read (this could be the cosiest place all tucked up in bed!). All the pictures sent in will be used for a display in our school library and anyone who enters will get a reward when returning to school!
Additionally, these pictures will also be displayed here on our competition page on our for everyone to see! We can’t wait to see where you get caught reading!
Please send all entries to:
email@example.com with your name and class. The competition will be running for the whole of the Spring term as we want to give you lots of chances to get caught reading and win a prize; every entry sent in will be added to this page straight away.
We can’t wait to see you reading at home- Good luck everyone and happy reading!
We know that academic attainment is important, but the benefits of reading for pleasure go beyond this and stretch throughout a child's life. Children will want to read when they enjoy a particular genre or author and are exposed to more choice. When enjoyment is part of reading, the development of reading skills will come hand in hand. This is why the 'for pleasure' element of reading for pleasure is so important
Lots of us have our favourite books to read and reading for pleasure is so important, so each month we will be adding a 'book of the month’ to our school website to help inspire you and on this page you can also find access to websites full of book recommendations, reviews and links to buy books for everyone at home to enjoy!
Every month we will update this section with the book of the month for Ks2 and Ks1 with reviews of the books and links of where to buy them from.
Book of the month: Dogger by Shirley Hughes
What is the plot?
Dogger is a toy dog owned and much loved by a little boy called Dave. His sister Bella has lots of teddies and his baby brother "is getting teeth", so he likes hard toys. But Dave only likes Dogger. Dave (and Dogger) go to fetch Bella from school, have an ice cream, then go home for tea. But when it gets to bath- and bed-time, Dave becomes very quiet. He has lost Dogger. Bella lends Dave one of her teddies, but it just isn't the same. Will he ever get Dogger back?
Why read Dogger?
This is a classic children’s story which is timeless. The beautiful illustrations bring the story to life and the themes of the book engage children to want to read it again and again!
Book of the month: Llama out Loud
What is the plot?
No one ever listens to Yasmin Shah. She's the only quiet one in her big loud family. And it's about to get louder... Meet Levi - the chattiest, rudest, loudest llama around! He pops into Yasmin's life and turns it upside down - but is he actually the only one who's listening?
Why read Llama out Loud?
If you want a laugh (which we all need right now!) then this is the perfect book for you. Not only is it a hilarious story of LOLs, llamas and dramas but it has an important message about finding your voice!
If you would like to purchase either of these books please just click onto the front covers and this will take you to a place where you can get these wonderful books at home.
The Teacher Reader
This excellent website has lists of books to work your way through for each year group in school. Click on the picture logo below to access the website and open up a world of books and recommendations.
How many from the list can you read?
Additional links for amazing reading lists and recommendations: