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.


Find out what books each Year Group are currently reading in Class 


Y6-The Hobbit

Y5-Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief    

Y4-How to Train your Dragon

Y3-James and the Giant Peach

Y2-The Christmasaurus

Y1-Man on the Moon

FS2-Lost and found 


World Book Day Stay and Play with Parents in FS2




What do you like about staying and reading in FS2?

Below are some comments made by parents and carers


''To spend a little time in class and having

a chat to others seeing how good it is reading

with them''


                                                                                   ''I enjoy staying and reading with Evie''


''I like staying and reading as its extra time

with Ebonie and its interaction with other

children in her class''


                                                                               ''Quality time in a nice atmosphere. Nice to spend                                                                                  time in the classroom and see the work the                                                                                          children have done''

As part of World Book Day celebrations children were asked to send in pictures of themselves reading in the most unusual places, here are some of the competition winners.....

Oliver Bray (FS1) and Rowan Bray (FS2) receiving their prize for reading in an unusual place. Well done boys!

Amelia (FS2) receiving her prize for reading in an unusual place.

Children reading short stories they wrote to accompany a Where’s Wally picture? For World Book Day. Some real creative imaginations and suspense was included, really brought Where’s Wally? to life! Who knows, maybe some of these may get published!

Whole school involved in World Book Day. Fantastic costumes worn by all children and adults. Well done everyone for participating and a great big thank you to parents too!

Our fantastic dinner ladies also got involved with World Book Day, serving up some delicious treats that the children and adults really enjoyed!

And not forgetting our very own site manager, Mr Langston, also taking part in World Book Day! Great to see everyone joining in and celebrating authors, illustrators, books and, most importantly, celebrating the love of reading.



Always proud of our children’s work. What better way to show our children’s skills than to have a World Book Day display! This really shows progression through the year groups, what talented children we have!