Reading around  our school

We value reading for pleasure and have created areas around the school that children can access at set times during the week during break times.

Each classroom has a cosy reading area that children can enjoy at different times during the school day.

Reading Buddies

Year 6 children have buddies in Reception and children act as role models to further enthuse our young pupils in the fun and importance of reading.

Rainford C of E Primary School

Reading for Pleasure Policy

Why is Reading for Pleasure Important?

Research has shown how developing a love of reading is important for children’s life chances. According to the OECD, “Finding ways to engage pupils in reading may be one of the most effective ways to leverage social change”. Analysis showed that students whose parents had the lowest occupational status but who were highly engaged in reading obtained higher average reading scores than students whose parents had high or medium occupational status but who were poorly engaged in reading. Researchers in England have noted that “as students become engaged readers, they provide themselves with self-generated learning opportunities that are equivalent to several years of education.” They also reported that children with a positive attitude to reading are more likely to practice the reading skills they are learning at school.

Our School

Reading sits at the heart of out curriculum, and our aim is to ensure that every child becomes a confident and successful reader. At Rainford C of E Primary we believe that active encouragement of reading for pleasure is a core part of every child’s educational entitlement, whatever their background or attainment because we know that extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make a huge contribution to students’ educational achievement. We aim to promote the concepts of reading for 'fun', 'enjoyment' and 'pleasure' and we ensure that we include a range of ‘real books’ within the Curriculum for English as well as the opportunity for sustained reading from a range of other self‐chosen fiction and non‐fiction texts from our school library. Where we believe that children have little access to good quality books the school tries to provide compensatory measures which allow equality of access to all children e.g. sending extra books home, reading with a buddy, lunch time library club (reading café).

We ensure that all classes have access to our school Library and that they are able to browse and read a wide selection of books. We believe that the staff and adults who work at our school should be ‘reading role models’ and we try to ensure that adults share their favourite texts with the children. We display staff as Life Long Readers throughout school and celebrate the love of literature within the staff through sharing our current books of choice. We use our website to promote and share “quality” texts that we enjoy within our curriculum.  Our Early Years team ensures that parent volunteers read to small groups or whole classes on a regular basis and that many classes are able to make links with the local library.

We start our academic year sharing our favourite books and use our book corners to promote our favourite texts as well as encourage children to continue reading other materials by authors they have studied in English. We ensure that reading remains on the School Council agenda annually and we conduct a pupil voice questionnaire annually to ensure that children can support us to develop the reading provision at Rainford. Throughout the year we partner Y6 with Y3 and Y5 with Y2 children for daily supported reading. This is particularly successful and ensures that the younger children see good role models closer to their own age. There are also further opportunities to create ‘buddy readers’ across other year groups where teachers are willing. We display posters around the school showing celebrities who have been “caught reading” and encourage children to be caught reading as well.

Regular Times to Read

 At Rainford C of E Primary we have regular Guided Reading sessions. Children read within small groups with an adult. In addition to Guided Reading sessions, all pupils have weekly taught reading lessons in which key reading skills are at the heart all sessions.  Children also get to enjoy ‘reading for pleasure’ sessions at the end of each day. Each class shares a class reader with their peers and class teacher. Reading for Pleasure sessions follows a Reciprocal Reading format so that children are given an opportunity to practise reading skills taught in reading lessons. The focus of such sessions are to also allow opportunities to engage in informal ‘book gossip’. We know that by using a ‘Tell Me’ approach, reluctant readers feel more confident in sharing their thoughts about a text.

Readers at Risk of Falling Behind

As outlined earlier, we want to improve the life chances of children by ensuring that every child has access to quality experiences in English. We aim to support our readers on their journey. However, at Rainford C of E Primary, we acknowledge that for many reasons some children may become at risk of falling behind. When a child is identified as ‘vulnerable’ to not being on track to meet their full potential, intervention is swift and effective. Our Head, Reading Coordinator,  and SENDCO  along with class teachers and experienced HLTAs, monitor the progress of every child across the school. Once a concern is raised, our team will decide on an appropriate intervention strategy (e.g. one: one support, small group work etc.). We  also offer special reading areas for children to ‘book in’ during lunchtimes. 

Higher Achievers

At Rainford C of E Primary, we strive to challenge all of our pupils to achieve their full potential. For those children identified as ‘gifted readers’ or ‘higher achievers’, it is vital we continue to do so in order to maintain a high level of interest in their learning. Our reading coordinator provides weekly ‘Challenge Boosters’ for Y5 and Y6 children. In addition to this, we stock our class libraries with a range of rich, stimulating and thought provoking texts for children to choose freely throughout the school day.


KS2 Reading Spine


At Rainford CE, reading is at the heart of our curriculum, and we ensure that reading for pleasure is a core part of every child’s educational entitlement, whatever their background or attainment.  Developing the ability to read well and to love reading is our highest priority, and our intent is that all children become independent, confident, and successful life-long readers.

The aim of our reading spine is to expose children to a wide range of high-quality texts which will develop their love of reading and enable them to develop culturally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  We believe it is the right of every children to learn to read but we also hope that our children will develop a deep love of reading that will stay will them as they go onto the next stage of their education.

The books on our reading spine are available for children to read independently in school or as their home/school reader and a selection will also be read as part of the curriculum and as whole-class readers.  The books on the reading spine have been chosen with the following in mind:

  • books which positively reflect children’s interests and backgrounds
  • books which deal with important themes
  • books by significant children’s authors
  • traditional and contemporary ‘classics’ of children’s literature
  • stories from different cultural settings
  • books which broaden children’s knowledge of the world
  • books which expose children to a rich vocabulary and language



Year 3

The Iron Man

Ted Hughes

Charlotte’s Web

EB White

Cat Tales: Ice Cat

Linda Newbery

Cloud Busting

Malorie Blackman

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak Philippa Pearce

Hansel and Gretel

Anthony Browne

The Butterfly Lion

Michael Morpurgo

The Accidental Prime Minister Tom McLaughlin


The Boy Who Grew Dragons Andy Shepherd

The Reluctant Dragon

Kenneth Grahame

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Jon Scieszka

Voices in the Park

Anthony Browne

The Diary of a Killer Cat

Anne Fine

Beautiful Daughters

John Steptoe

Harry the Poisonous Centipede Lynne Reid Banks

The Lost Thing

Shaun Tan

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night Janet Ahlberg

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl


The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Michael Morpurgo


David Walliams

Bill’s New Frock

Anne Fine



Philip Ridley


Town is by the Sea

Joanne Schwartz


My Name is not Refugee

Kate Milner



Grahame Barker-Smith

Year 4


Great Women who Changed the World

Kate Pankhurst



The Sheep Pig


Why the Whales Came Michael Morpurgo

The Firework -Maker’s Daughter

Phillip Pullman

The Snow Walker’s Son Catherine Fisher

Kid Normal

Greg James


The Wild Robot

Peter Brown


How to Train your Dragon Cressida Cowell


Varjak Paw

 SF Said


The Extincts

Veronica Cossanteli


The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

C.S Lewis



 Frank Cottrell Boyce


My Brother is a Superhero

David Solomons


The 13 Storey Treehouse

Andy Griffiths


The Peppermint Pig

Nina Bawden


The Borrowers

Mary Norton


The Highland Falcon Thief

M G Leonard


The Railway Children

E Nesbit



 Roald Dahl

Operation Gadgetman 

Malorie Blackman


The Great Elephant Chase

Gillian Cross


Dragons at Crumbling Castle Terry Pratchett



Jacqueline Wilson



Eoin Colfer


The Girl who Stole an Elephant

 Nizrana Farook


Year 5



David Almond


Wolf Brother

Michelle Paver


Street Child

Berlie Doherty


The Midnight Fox

Betsy Byars


Tom’s Midnight Garden

Phillipa Pearce


The Nowhere Emporium

Ross MacKenzie


Who Let the Gods Out

Maz Evans


Beetle Boy

MG Leonard


Boy in the Tower

Polly Ho-Yen


Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

J. K. Rowling


When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Judith Kerr


Brightstorm: A Sky-Ship Adventure

Vashti Hardy


Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer


The Breadwinner

Deborah Ellis


Stig of the Dump

Clive King



Helen Cresswell


Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan


The House with Chicken Legs Sophie Anderson


The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett


Five Children and It

E Nesbit


Demon Dentist

David Walliams


Journey to the River Sea

 Eva Ibbotson


The Unforgotten Coat

Frank Cottrell Boyce


Oranges in No Man’s Land  Elizabeth Laird


The Abominables

 Eva Ibbotson


Year 6



 Louis Sachar



Phillip Pullman


The Hobbit

JRR Tolkein


Letters from the Lighthouse Emma Carroll



Jill Paton Walsh


River Boy

Tim Bowler


The Arrival

Shaun Tan



 R.J. Palacio


The Boy at the Back of the Class

Onjali Rauf


Goodnight Mr Tom

 Michelle Magorian


The Girl of Ink and Stars

Kiran Millwood Hargrave


Lion Boy

 Zizou Corder


A Boy Called Hope

Lara Williamson


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken


Time Travelling with a Hamster

Ross Welford



Peter Bunzl


Kensuke’s Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo


The Silver Sword

Ian Serraillier


The Wheel of Surya

Jamila Gavin



Thomas Taylor


The Island

Armin Greder


The Explorer

Kathering Rundell


Pig Heart Boy

Malorie Blackman


Private Peaceful

Michael Morpurgo


The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket John Boyne


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