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Why do we love reading so much at Hayton?


“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

“You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.”   Both quotes by Dr. Seuss

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”   Neil Gaiman

” So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw you TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.”   Roald Dahl 


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What we believe:

At Hayton C of E Primary School, we strive to promote a love of reading in all that we do. Our bespoke curriculum has a vast selection of rich and inspirational stories at its heart; we ensure that pupils have lots of opportunities to read in lots of different contexts. Each subject has key texts woven through each area of study, meaning that learning is linked to storytelling and therefore engaging and relevant. We believe that being a fluent and avid reader opens doors for children to the wider world and gives them the tools they need to be lifelong learners. It is out mission to ensure that all children leave us at the end of Year 6 as fluent and avid readers, armed with the tools necessary in order thrive in Key Stage Three and beyond.

How do we do it?

At Hayton C of E Primary School, we immerse children in high quality literature across the school. Pupils read regularly in all areas of the curriculum and we strive to develop children's love of reading  through:

Whole Class Text Study - English lessons are taught through a quality text which is strategically chosen to challenge children and to align closely with wider curriculum objectives. Across the academic year, texts in each class will include a literary classic as well as texts which have been chosen due to the rich language exploration and opportunities for vocabulary development they offer. Children will engage in 'hard thinking' in reading lessons which promote a deeper comprehension of the text before pausing the book study to embark on a sequence of work which results in a written outcome, linked to the text. Where appropriate, class texts are studied as model's for children's own narrative writing. 

Whole Class Reading Lessons - Children in Key Stages One and Two enjoy whole class reading lessons daily, during which they are immersed in the class text. These sessions provide further opportunity to read aloud, modelling reading with expression and intonation, as well as exploring plot, themes, vocabulary and inferred meaning in depth as a whole class. Rich tasks are planned for these sessions, through which children develop key reading comprehension competencies, focussing on our whole school reading foci: 'R.E.A.D': Retrieve; Explore, Analyse; Deduce and Infer (See below for more details)

Top Trumps

Inspiring Reading At Home and 'Book Chat' Ideas

Reading Across the Curriculum - Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning. Within Key Stage Two, there is a focus on 'reading to learn' across foundation curriculum areas, with children engaging in wider research, both online and through fiction and non-fiction texts.

Diverse Range of Books Across the English Curriculum

Story Time - Across the whole school, books are read aloud and shared with pupils, helping children to hear expressive reading and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves.  Class books are shared with pupils, where they read along with the teacher.

Reading boosters, interventions and book groups - for any child who is falling behind at any point in their reading learning 'quest' , they are quickly and skilfully identified and additional support put in place. This could be: additional supports and scaffolds within the classroom; peer support during learning; small group booster sessions; more specific reading interventions; additional 1:1 support; 'Nessy' club; 'book club'.


Lexia Reading Core 5 Reading Trial

This year, we are working with the 'Education Endowment Foundation' (EEF) and 'Queens University Belfast', taking part in a research trial using the 'Lexia Reading Core 5' online reading programme. Our Year 2 children are participating in the trial and we look forward to seeing the results of their use of Lexia and the results of the trail. a previous trial for 'Lexia' showed more rapid improvements in children's reading.

'Lexia Reading Core 5' is is a computer-based integrated learning system that aims to improve reading skills. Lexia provides children with individualised reading instruction and practice in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural awareness, automaticity, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension.

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Whole School 'Reading Without Limits' Reading Challenge

We want children to be exposed to a wide and diverse range of high quality texts: we believe these texts should be mirrors - children being able to see themselves in the character of the books they read; windows - into other worlds, be they real or imaginary, opening up children's minds and broadening their horizons; and doors - doorways to potential they did not know they had, be that academic, social, emotional, spiritual, moral, cultural...

With this in mind, we have chosen a selection of books WE believe children should experience before they leave Primary School. These books are NOT 'levelled' in any way - they are books that children can choose to read themselves, share with parents at home, read as a whole class - the choice is theirs. nor is there a 'quiz' to do at the end of reading - these books are for pure pleasure, enjoyment and immersion. This is why we call it 'Reading Without Limits'.


'Little Acorns' Reading Without Limits

Year 1 Reading Without Limits

Year 2 Reading Without Limits

Year 3 Reading Without Limits

Year 4 Reading Without Limits

Year 5 Reading Without Limits

Year 6 Reading Without Limits