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Reading Ethos

At St George’s school we are passionate about reading. We teach reading daily and provide children with opportunities to read across their curriculum. Books have been carefully selected to help develop children’s skills as a reader but also a passion and enthusiasm for reading. There is a broad range of subject matter and genres.  

Books are selected to match our curriculum learning, supporting children in developing their understanding and key vocabulary. In addition, we work hard to ensure that our children see themselves represented in reading and have access to a wide range of diverse texts.

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Recommended Reads


Pleasure for reading

We are passionate about providing children with opportunities for reading for pleasure. Every Friday, children have ‘Drop everything and read’ where they can free read any text of their choosing in class, either individually or with a friend. We have an established link with our local library and children regularly visit, where we also support in registering children with library cards. Alongside this we also celebrate World Book Day, host travelling book fairs and run a number of reading clubs.

Reading at home


At Woodlands, children receive a reading card. We encourage children to read 5 times a week at home. This can be done with an adult, to a friend or independently. Children or adults then simply tick their reading card. Children who read 5 times receive a special reading sticker!

Woodlands children take 2 reading books home a week. One ‘child’s choice’ book for developing pleasure for reading and one phonics book, for developing the children’s reading fluency.



 At St George's School we use Little Wandle as our chosen phonics framework. Whole class phonics is taught in EYFS and Key Stage 1. It may be used as an intervention in KS2 for children who need it. This programme provides a clear framework of progression beginning with simple phoneme identification, blending and segmenting to developing fluency in independent reading. The programme is supported with resources such as reading books, that are fully decodable which are sent home to support reading practice, and are used in school. The video below will explain this at home.

Phonics video for parents.mp4

Useful Websites for Reading

  • Home
  • Useful Websites for Reading
  • BBC Nursery songsA collection of nursery songs from the Early Learning series Listen and Play and Playtime, both of which are currently available on iplayer and as podcasts

  • Book TrustSuggested books for children, advice on how to read with your child, book lists, fun games, competitions to win free books, Children's Book Club etc.

  • Love ReadingExpert recommendations and opening extracts of books.

  • Oxford OwlPhonics advice and access to free E-Books. Free to register.

  • PearsonPublisher’s website designed to give parents help and advice for reading with children.

  • PhonicsA useful website featuring free resources for KS1 (and the option of subscribing)

  • Read for my schoolReading competition for Years 3- 4 featuring a great range of books, including those for the struggling reader.



At both Towers and Woodlands sites, we are lucky to have beautiful, well-resourced libraries to inspire our young readers. The libraries contain a fantastic mixture of classic stories and new releases. We have Year 6 Librarians to help source and run the library with a member of staff.


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At Towers, children are also encouraged to read 5 times a week. Children receive reading records where parents and pupils can comment on their book. Children can choose 1 ‘child’s choice’ book every week to read at home and school.


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