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At Ordsall Primary School we have a strong reading culture. Reading plays a vital role in developing a range of core skills in each of our children, from reading itself, to understanding texts and English Language and Literature so that they can apply it into their writing. Reading also develops their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding. Every child has a daily English Lesson which includes spoken language, reading, writing, spelling and grammar and handwriting. The milestones that we are aiming to achieve can be seen by looking through our long term reading plan


In our English lessons we connect our children's learning by reading for both purpose and pleasure through our contextualised plans. Through these areas of study the children connect their learning across different subjects through a novel study approach and by finding out about what they are studying, using reading and speaking and listening as the core skills. Through this approach literature becomes a stimulus for learning. 


Reading at Ordsall is delivered in a structured way to facilitate the growth of imagination and develop cognitive advancement. It allows children to access and exploration of characters, themes, settings, chronology, content and context which allows them to reflect on bigger questions about their own hopes, fears and fantasies and those of others.  


At Ordsall Primary School it is our ambition that all our children make good progress in their reading. We aim to ensure that our reading books support our children to practise the sounds that they have learned and support them to increase their reading fluency. To build everyone's understanding of this we have developed our Progression in Reading Guidance. Through developing this guidance our emphasis is not on how fast our children will progress through it but how well they understand what they read, how well it is embedded and the key skills they acquire at each level. In this way there is a sharp focus on ensuring that younger children gain phonics knowledge and language comprehension necessary to read, and the skills to communicate, giving them the foundations for future learning.

We encourage our children to read a wide range of books. Our teachers display the book that they are currently reading and read a class text to the children which encourages them to love reading. Below you will find the list 100 Books to Read Before You Leave Primary School. Each book has a link to Amazon and if you buy a book for your children using our website then you will be helping us buy more books for all our children. For information about what we teach in reading and the requirements of the National Curriculum please click

100 fiction books to read before your child

leaves primary school

The National Association for the teaching of English ran a survey to find teachers' top 100 fiction books all children should read before leaving primary school. Here are the results:





































































Reading at home

  • Every pupil will have access to reading books for use at home.
  • Try to hear your child read as often as possible – 5 to 10 minutes each time would be ideal.
  • If appropriate, talk about the pictures and story and ask your child to tell you what he/she has been reading about and to predict what might happen next.
  • Let your child try to work out an unknown word but don’t let them struggle – reading should be enjoyable.
  • If your child is a fluent reader, encourage them to read independently in a quiet place but do ask them questions and discuss the book with them.
  • Encourage your child to read as many different kinds of text as possible, including newspapers, magazines, comics, leaflets, road signs, letters etc.
  • Use your child’s planner to record your child’s reading at home and leave a positive and encouraging comment. Keep it with their reading book and make sure both are brought to school each day.




There are plenty of resources available to help you help your child to read. You may find the following links useful…

Read Write Inc – Information for parents

A series of information and tutorial videos explaining the basics of Read Write Inc. Phonics. If your child is learning to read with our programme, these videos will help you support them at home.

Retford Library

Libraries are far more dynamic than they used to be. Visit Retford Library at 16 Churchgate, Retford and discover what it has to offer.

Oxford Owl Reading

There are 250 free eBooks for you to share with your child as well as simple ideas, top tips, activities and games to help your child with their reading at home.