At John Gulson, we believe that reading is at the heart of the curriculum and that developing a love of reading from an early age is the key to successful learning. Our English curriculum promotes reading for pleasure, with story time being an important part of everyday school life. We have built a reading spine , linked to our wider curriculum, filled with exciting, quality texts, which will both inspire a love of reading and help develop important skills.
We promote reading for pleasure in a number of ways:

  • Every class has an inviting reading area based on a book they are exploring per term. In EYFS and KS1 the book areas are changed on a half termly basis and in KS2 these are changed on a termly basis to promote interest in reading.
  • Our ‘Own Books’ scheme allows children to start their very own collections of books to keep at home. Regular donations to the school mean that children have regular opportunities to add to their collection. For more information about Own Books, visit
  • All the books in school are banded and appropriate for your child’s ability and interest. These books are changed regularly and sent home, with teachers checking reading diaries weekly to keep track of reading.
  • Phase 4 are currently piloting a reading achievement scheme called ‘Ticket to Read’, which will be rolled into year groups in Autumn 2020.
  • The books the children have access to in school cover a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, as well as a variety of interests to broaden children’s experiences and Literary understanding.
  • In school we promote reading for pleasure, so every class has opportunities across the curriculum to share books and share reading with other children across the school.
  • We are pleased to have a newly refurbished library for September 2020.


Reading at home is the best way to improve reading achievement while spending quality time with your child! You could share their school library book, read them a story you choose together, get a book from the local library or even read an e-book together. is a brilliant free resource full of high quality e-books, all you need is an email address to sign up, and there are lots of excellent stories to share with your child.

Your local library is It is free to sign up and children can take up to ten books out at a time. Children in every year group need to read for a short time every day. They should also be reading to an adult on a regular basis.

Our expectations for reading at home:

  • Nursery and Reception and Key Stage 1: Children should read to an adult for 10 – 15 minutes a day
  • Key Stage 2: Children should read to an adult at least three times a week for 10 – 15 minutes. It is expected that children in KS2 will read independently on the other days.

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children start by reading the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and progress through the stages until they get to the end of Year 2.
In Key Stage Two, we have just introduced book bands.

Not sure how to support your child with reading? Take a look at our videos below to see some good examples of reading with children. There are also lots of handy hints and tips in your child’s reading diary. If at any point you are unsure about how to support your child’s reading, please speak to a member of staff at school or contact Mrs Bassi (English Leader).

Don’t forget, the most important part of learning to read is enjoyment. Pick a comfy place to sit, decide on a story together and enjoy spending some quality time together.


It can seem scary, but it’s not as hard as it looks! Take a look at this video to see how it’s done.