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Bedgrove Junior School

‘Learning for our Future’


'You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child' - Dr Seuss

Reading at Bedgrove Junior School


We foster a love of reading and the ability to read for information through daily guided reading sessions, author visits and regular use of our fantastic school library. We deliberately select high quality texts from a range of authors, ensuring that the children enjoy a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry alongside media texts.  Children also have regular lessons to help develop their reading comprehension skills. Guided reading is run on a two week rota. During these sessions, children get the opportunity to spend quality time with their teacher exploring texts, looking at language and exploring features.


We have story time sessions at the end of the day which is based on Pie Corbetts 'Reading Spine'. The expectation is that all children are exposed to a range of texts throughout the year giving them 'a spine' of texts on which they can use when reading other texts or writing stories.  This not only improves their understanding of how texts should be read, their comprehension but also their vocabulary which is vital to everyday life and writing. It also promotes a love of reading and gives the children the opportunity to hear texts being read with passion, enthusiam and expression.


As individual readers, children are 'Star Tested' using Accelerated Reader. This gives them an individual band of levels that they can select books from. The level provided for your child is most suited to their reading age and comprehension abilty. A huge range of quality texts are availble from either their class library or the school library. Levels are clearly displayed on an orange sticker. Each stickered book comes with an online quiz which your child can complete in school or at home . Children are quized - using multi choice answers - on their understanding of the book. Points are awarded based on how well they do and children also gain points based on the word count of the book. Competitions are run in school, seeing which class/year has the most points.


Reading is integral to good writing and reading homework is regulary set to support this. Children are expected to read at home regularly and read texts from a range of genres and authors. Reading should be recorded in childrens' home-school diaries. If you would like to check the level of any texts at home you can follow the link below to check it is suitable for your child.