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"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall." –


Roald Dahl




At Lady Joanna, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and we are dedicated to ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading that will focus on the enjoyment as well as the mechanics of reading.


By the time children leave Lady Joanna they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.



  • Children take part in daily Guided Reciprocal Reading lessons, where they are exposed to a range of different texts and can demonstrate their understanding and thinking behind these. ·
  • We have a wide range of reading books and all children from Nursery to Year 6 choose a reading book to take home and this reading book is changed weekly.
  • Each classroom has a selection of books which are directly linked with the class topic, offering opportunities for the children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum. ·
  • Children are read to each day by their class teacher. This could be a book that the teacher recommends to the class or a recommendation from a child. ·
  • Each classroom has a reading area that is filled with books suitable for their reading age. This is a comfortable place for children to read throughout the day.
  • We encourage family at home to read these books with their child daily and make comments in their child’s reading record.  A
  • Staff draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support.




  • Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two and our expectation is that all pupils will make strong progress year on year. 
  • However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments.
  • We give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them.
  • We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum.
  • Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to review their books objectively.
  • This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures and styles.