At Abington Vale Primary School, we aspire for every child to become a fluent and life-long reader. Our reading curriculum aims to develop confident and fluent readers who read for understanding; whist gaining knowledge across the curriculum though their love and appreciation of books.

Reading weaves throughout our entire curriculum, from explicit reading lessons to exploring a range of texts linked to the wider curriculum areas taught across the term.

Reading Books

All children from Reception to Year 6 have a banded book.

In Reception and Key Stage 1, all children are assessed regularly and are placed on an Oxford Reading Tree stage book which matches the grapheme-phoneme correspondences they know.

In Key Stage 2, all children are assessed regularly and are given an Accelerated Reader book level which is based on the results from their star reading assessment. Children are given a book level range in which they can self-select books from, but teachers are encouraged to guide them in their selection to ensure that the books being chosen are suitable.


All classes visit the library once a week. During their library session the children have the opportunity to take out a new library book and time is allocated for the teacher to share and discuss a range of poems, stories and non-fiction texts with the whole class.

Parental Involvement

We encourage daily home reading so please spend time reading with and talking to your child about what they have read. Please record your child’s reading in their individual reading record. If your child reads at least 5 times a week they will receive a token for their house team towards our whole school reading challenge.