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St Laurence Church of England Primary School

Learning with love and laughter

A member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust

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Reading Intent

At St Laurence Church of England Primary School, we believe that the ability to read well is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at school and beyond. As a community of readers, we appreciate that reading is central to our ability to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us.


We also know that reading for pleasure, curiosity and interest can develop our children academically, socially and emotionally.


Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority at St Laurence Church of England Primary School, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers across a wide range and types of literature. This supports our children to concentrate, persevere and build their self-confidence.


Reading For Pleasure

Each class takes part in a ten minute session of reading for pleasure every day. Children are encouraged to read a text of their choice and the adults in the room will read too!


Accelerated Reader

Children in Years 2-6 follow Accelerated Reader. Each child has a "Reading Range" of books to choose from. Once children have finished their book, they complete a short quiz on it to assess their understanding and determine if they can go on to choose a new book. 


Bug Club

Bug Club is a KS1 reading programme that helps transform children into lifelong readers. As well as taking their normal books home (this will not change), your child will now have access to a range of eBooks via a personalised website. Bug Club works on PC’s, laptops and all tablet devices. We understand that with an ever increasing technological world, it is important to ensure that reading is still a priority for children, whilst also being fun and stimulating at the same time. Especially for children who may sometimes be reluctant to read.


More information about Bug Club and how to use it with your child can be found in the letter below:

World Book Day 2021

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The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and read by the St Laurence Team