Reading is celebrated and prioritised across the school.

Ofsted 2023

At Astwood Bank Primary, we understand the importance of spreading a love and joy of reading. Our curriculum is underpinned by the use of high-quality books and poetry, and we develop a love of reading through a range of school-wide opportunities. These include visits from authors and poets, poetry competitions and a ‘15 book challenge’. As part of this challenge, each year group experiences a new set of 15 books, which are diverse and thought provoking. All of this means that pupils talk about books and texts with great enthusiasm. We prioritise the teaching of early reading; phonics teaching starts as soon as children join in the early years.

Supporting parents with reading at home