At Barrow School we are determined that all our pupils will learn to read and develop a love of reading that will stay with them throughout their lives.


Our pupils learn to read by reading phonically decodable books which are closely matched to the sounds they know. The reading books are part of our Phonics Scheme - Read Write Inc. In Key Stage 1, once pupils are confident with their sounds, they then move onto Bug Club coloured book banded books. 

We have a large selection of Bug Club reading books which pupils in Key Stage 1 and 2 take home to practise their reading. The books are also available for children to access online with pupils having their own login. There are fun comprehension questions to be answered and the chance to collect rewards.


As a school we are extremely enthusiatic about promoting a love of reading. These are some of the things that take place:


  • There is an outdoor reading shed which is open every playtime for the children to enjoy books and stories together.
  • We have extreme reading competitions where we try to read in weird and wonderful places.
  • Mystery readers who are parents, Govenors or members of our community come in and read to the children in class, as a surprise!


  • Buddy reading takes place where children pair up with an older pupil to enjoy a book together. Paired reading also takes place.
  • From Year 2 upwards, we use shared reading to teach all aspects of reading and comprehension through high quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The engaged texts used also develop a love of reading and have strong links across the curriculum to enhance knowledge.
  • There are cosy book areas in each classroom with a selection of books, linked to topics or children's interests. 
  • Classes enjoy focusing on different authors and reading a selection of their books.
  • Daily singing and rhyme time takes place in EYFS where children enjoy learning poems and songs.
  • Pupils enjoy sharing and recommending poems to each other. In Willow class, the 'Poetree' has recommended favourite poems for pupils to enjoy and Acorn class have a book of favourite poems. For National Poetry day, pupils learn how to perform a poem and we celebrate poems from around the world.
  • In Acorn class we have a box of 'beloved books' which children take home each week to share and parents read the book to them. They then make recommendations to others about their favourite books.
  • Parents are invited to reading information sessions in school to understand how reading is taught and how they can support at home.
  • Acorn class have a raffle ticket reward system to encourage reading at home.
  • Our PTFA organise hot chocolate story times for the children to enjoy listening to a story read by their teacher, via Zoom.
  • There is a 'tell us what you are reading' area in each classroom where children celebrate the books they have read and encourage others to try them too.


  • Juicy book club reguarly takes place where small groups of children enjoy listening to and discussing stories whilst having a drink of juice and a biscuit.
  • Teachers read to pupils and enjoy sharing class stories.
  • Pupils have the opportunity to take part in our Summer reading challenges and win prizes.
  • There is a cosy reading area in our after school club.




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