Maidwell Primary School

"An Oustanding School in a peaceful, rural setting"


IMG 3666 At Maidwell Primary School we believe that reading is the key 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.

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

The process of being immersed in stories, having daily class reaclass 1 reading area receptionding time, and the opportunity to read high quality, age-related texts continues from Year 3-6.  The concept of our school having a powerful 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 developed further to support and encourage reading.reading outdoor 2outdoor 1

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

Throughout the school, the teaching of reading is given the highest priority: opportunities are 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 Talk’: when teachers use high quality questioning to develop skills such as retrieval, inference and prediction is well established in every year group.Book review James

The importance of reading is given the highest priority.Reading places

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