"To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries."

- A.C. Grayling

It gives children a gift that enriches their lives.  We must ensure all learners have this point of vantage so that they can fulfil their potential through developing their minds.  We must aim for every pupil who leaves our school to enjoy reading.

Learners who read a lot find it easier to concentrate – they can sit, listen and think.  This is because reading gives you abstract thought – the ability to think of things that aren’t in front of you.  Reading builds your imagination:  as soon as you start reading to children, they start exercising their imagination – picturing what is being said in their heads.  And, of course, it gives them a wide vocabulary – up to 90% of vocabulary is encountered in reading and not in everyday speech (Ofsted Education Inspection Framework – overview of research).

At Maidwell Primary School we believe that reading is the Key to the doorkey which opens the door to all learning. 

In the Early Years and Key Stage 1, we adapt a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and reading which enables children to attain thejolly phonics skills required to read.

Just as important is the development of a love of stories and books, and in order to do this the children are immersed in stories and books throughout the year.

The Reception Library

Reception libraryThese are amazing books by amazing authors.  Some have been added because they are the childrens favourite books. The children are able to borrow these books in order to read them at home. Please find our selection here.(link)





Spine Books‘Spine Books’ (a range of high quality texts) are read to the children in a daily dedicated class reading session. 

From the beginning children are encouraged to share their own favourite books and read ‘real’ books at home from our quality ‘page turners’ selection here, Reception, Year 1 & 2, Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6 .   The children share their thoughts on the books read by writing book reviews and the adults join in by reading the books too.


Mrs Garley Postcardclass 1 reading area receptionBeing immersed in stories, having daily class reading time, and the opportunity to read high quality, age-related texts occurs throughout the school.  The reading culture has been developed further through the creation of dedicated reading times every day when children are encouraged to read around the school. The indoor/outdoor environments are being continually developed further to support and encourage reading.


Adult Involvement/Interaction

class 1 reaading corneroutdoor 1The adults in Key Stage 2 continue to read the books read by the children, which enables on-going dialogue/discussion.

It is vital that parents/teachers are able to have an in-depth discussion about the books being read by the children and in order to do so require to have an inside knowledge of the books.



Class 1 Hannah book review Class 3 Madison book reviewPage Turner Book Reviews: the children, once a book has been read, are encouraged to complete a Page Turner book review in order to "signpost" the book to other chidlren/adults.  This also develops the childrens ability to select books in an informed manner and reflect, in a personel way, on the book read.




Staff reviews

   Mrs James book review                   Mrs Wake book review                      Mrs G book review                    


Throughout the school, the teaching of reading is given the highest priority. Opportunities are also planned to allow children to read and discuss texts across the curriculum and the development of high level vocabulary broadens children’s understanding.

Book TalkBook review JamesTeachers use high quality questioning to develop skills such as retrieval, inference and prediction. ‘Book Talk' is well established in every year group. Please click here to download.





The importance of reading is given the highest priority.

Reading places

Please click here to download our ‘Develop a Reading Culture’ PowerPoint.

Reading is the key


Key to success  





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