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Reading at Avondale

At Avondale Primary School we strive for our children to be true lovers of reading and books. Books are at the heart of our curriculum with as many opportunities as possible linked to a book across all the curriculum. We recognise the importance of being able to read and comprehend as being central to accessing the world around us. We read with and to children through a wide range of independent, shared, guided and class reading activities. Children have access to a wealth of books of all genres and regular library sessions. We actively celebrate a love of books. We encourage children to discuss and share what they have been reading which is further enhanced by all adults in school sharing and promoting their love of reading too. We celebrate World Book Day, which is always a highlight in the school year! 


The teaching of reading is systematic and sequential across school and closely matched our phonics teaching. We use fully decodable reading books matched closely to children’s progress in phonics. Children have the opportunity to practise their decoding skills, books are then re-read to ensure reading is fluent and the important skills of intonation, expression and comprehension can also be fully developed. 


As children become fluent readers, they move onto the Accelerated Reader programme. For more information please see below.


We are lucky to have a bright, welcoming and well stocked school library which all the children can access. We offer many incentives for a child’s commitment to their reading from in class rewards, Reader of the Week certificates, visits to the ‘Readers Rewards’ trolley and even a gold pin badge for ‘Millionaire Readers! 

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Reading at home - How can you help?
  • Reading for enjoyment! 

  • Make reading visible; have books available in your home

  • Comfort reading at home, further challenge at school during one to one/guided reading

  • Listen to your child read – ideally every day, but little and often is best.

  • Encourage your child to build up fluency.

  • It’s really important also to read to your child.

  • Question your child about what they have read and what might happen next 

  • Use your local library to find books together.

  • Keep encouraging and praising your child! 

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Lancashire School Library Service

We subscribe to the Lancashire School Library Service. This means that we will have extra books in school that we have loaned including topic books, poetry books, class novels and library books.

In the Spring term children in school will get the chance to visit the library bus and exchange one of the books to a book of their choice.

Accelerated Reader
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