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Ray Lodge Primary School

Striving for Excellence

Part of Strive4 Academy Trust

Part of Strive4 Academy Trust

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Reading a passport to the world.


At Ray Lodge we place reading at the centre of the curriculum because we recognise that being able to read well is a key life skill for all children.


At Ray Lodge we strive to ensure:

  • we foster a love of books and reading for pleasure
  • that all of our children have an opportunity to read independently, read aloud and be read to during the school day
  • the belief that every child can learn to read
  • that children have access to a range of literature which opens children up to ideas, experiences, places and times they might not otherwise experience


'Reading also feeds pupils'

imagination and

opens up a treasure house

of wonder and joy for curious young minds'

National Curriculum in England, DFE, 2014


We make this happen by:

  • providing a range of aspirational texts that link to the wider curriculum
  • developing whole school initiatives such as 'Drop and Read'
  • a progressive and comprehensive reading scheme in EYFS and KS1 (Oxford Reading Scheme)
  • ​​​a coherent whole school strategy to ensure our children learn to read well
  • all staff are advocates for reading


Through our ambitious and immersive curriculum,  alongside challenging text choices,

we aim to inspire our children to believe

that anything is possible.


Click here for a parent's guide to the Oxford Reading Scheme.


Phonics screening information for families

Helping your child with reading

Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.


Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.

Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.


Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:

  • Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.
  • Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
  • Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.
  • Buy dual-language books if English isn’t your family’s first language - you can talk about books and stories, and develop a love for them, in any language.
  • Look for books on topics that you know your child is interested in - maybe dragons, insects, cookery or a certain sport.
  • Make sure that children’s books are easily accessible in different rooms around your house.

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