"Once you learn to read, you'll forever be free."

‒ Frederick Douglass



World Book Day 

World book Day - an amazing array of Potters, Seuss, Dahl and Donaldson characters display our love of reading!


What does Reading look like across school?

Home School Agreement
At John Clifford Primary and Nursery School, we ask that you read with your child three times a week to support them and allow them to develop their ever growing skills.

Reading Targets
Your child will bring home their reading diary and a reading book to share with you. As your child progresses through their reading journey, they will have reading targets placed in their diary which can help you to prompt and praise them as they read to you.


Reading Schemes and Resources

At John Clifford School we use a wide variety of resources to enable our pupils to become confident readers.  These include:


  • Dandelion Books
  • Oxford Reading Tree – origins, phonics etc
  • Songbirds (phonics)
  • Bug Club
  • Big Cat (Collins)
  • Real Narrative Texts
    • ALL children choose books that are linked to their current phonics knowledge and taught lessons

Key Stage 2

  • Oxford Treetops
  • Oxford Reading tree
  • Big Cat (Collins)
  • Real Reading Texts

From Foundation Stage, children take home reading books linked to the phonics stage that they have been identified as working upon. Children get the opportunity to choose their own book from a wide range of texts within a relevant band. We ask parents to share these books with their children a minimum of three times each week and record this reading in their child's reading diary. In KS1, children change these books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Children are also able to select another reading book of their choice from the classroom libraries. This may be a book that is beyond their reading ability but might be of particular interest to the child. Children should enjoy their reading and experience the delights of choosing a book that they love reading. 

The School Library

There should be a balance between structured reading material and other books at each stage. We have wide range of books available to children in all classrooms and in the school library. 

The library allows pupils to borrow a wide range of books from sharing/picture books to non-fiction. It is organised colour bands so that children can be guided to an appropriate range of texts as identified by their class teacher. 

Children are also given the opportunity to choose any other fiction text from the library which they can share with their parents/carers at home.

The non-fiction section can be borrowed by any year group. These are organised by topic. 

Our school library and KS1 reading trolleys are monitored and taken care of by our school librarians as part of our 'Little Leaders' initiative. 

Useful Links

web 15px The National Curriculum for English

web 15px BBC Nursery Ryhmes

web 15px Book Trust

web 15px Love Reading

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