Holy Family

Catholic Primary School

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Reading Room

Holy Family has an inviting and engaging reading room, promoting a love of reading. All children can access this room on a weekly basis and is an environment where children can relax and enjoy reading, providing opportunities for browsing, choosing, reading and reviewing. The reading room promotes authors and books.

Reading is promoted as a vehicle to learn across the curriculum and a wide range of age-appropriate books are used in all class displays to support learning, promote natural curiosity and the acquisition of knowledge.


Reading at Home

All children are encouraged to read at home every single day and have a home/school reading diary which is returned to school daily. This encourages a dialogue between staff and parents to comment on each child’s progress (praise and prompts). Diaries are monitored by class teachers and provision is put into place for those children not being listened to at home.

All pupils will follow the core reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree FS/KS1 Collins Big Cat KS2) to ensure progression in both word reading skills and comprehension. Children who are learning to read initially will remain on a book which is matched to their phonic knowledge. Those who have passed the phonic screening test will be supplemented with a wide range of texts including those from our main scheme, Oxford Reading Tree, as this is appropriate to their reading ability. This scheme is structured to ensure that children have access to a wide range of texts and allows for pupils to develop their skills within a level before moving to the next level. 

In addition to their reading scheme book, all children have access to our reading room, which are well stocked with a range of high-quality fiction and non-fiction texts. Time is allocated to each class weekly to spend browsing the books and selecting a book to take home.

Nursery / Reception pupils will have access to quality age-appropriate Wow Words reading home packs on a weekly basis to launch a love of books and reading in this first year group.


Bedtime Stories - March 2021

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World Book Day took place on Thursday 4th March 2021 and this year Holy Family celebrated the importance of 'Reading Together' with our 'Bedtime Story Sharing' theme. All children attended their virtual classrooms wearing their pyjamas and bringing their favourite book ready to share. All staff attended school in their pyjamas too! To celebrate the importance of a 'book before bed' Holy Family teachers uploaded a new bedtime story on our remote learning platform 'TEAMS' every evening at 6;45pm for a week for everyone to listen too. We hope everyone enjoyed listening! All the staff, parents and children also came together via TEAMS to share a special assembly about the different reasons why a bedtime story is so important for children of all ages.
Everyone at Holy Family loves to read and we have captured this in our video. Keep reading everyone!