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In Reading , we aim to:

  • -Foster an enjoyment of reading
  • -Give the children the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to read
  • -Give the children confidence to work with a variety of media including iBooks
  • -Develop the child’s self-esteem
  • -Develop close links with parents providing a partnership between home and school to support the child.

In Knowsley Village we have 3 main Reading Schemes.  These begin in Reception class and continue throughout the school.

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Alphablocks
  • Phonics Bug

We also have a number of other schemes in school, including Oxford Literacy Web, Songbirds and Fireflies.

Shared/Guided Reading

Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, Shared Reading and Guided Reading take place.

Independent Reading

Each child within school has a reading book which they take home to share with their parents or read independently. We encourage all children to read each night and for the parents to comment on their child’s progress. The children are also heard read in school, the amount dependant upon the child’s level of reading ability.

Foundation Stage

The children are encouraged

  • To explore and experiment with sounds, words and texts
  • To retell narratives in the correct sequence, drawing on language patterns of stories
  • To know that print carries meaning and, in English, is read from left to right and top to bottom
  • To read a range of familiar and common words and simple sentences independently
  • To show an understanding of the elements of stories and how information can be found in non-fiction texts

Key Stage 1

Children are encouraged to participate in and listen to a variety of texts on a daily basis. To be read by the teacher, other adults or children. We aim to continue to foster a love of books and of reading.

Key Stage 2

Children are encouraged to develop:

  • Paired reading
  • Silent reading
  • Reading journals
  • Listening to texts
    -teacher reading aloud
    -children reading aloud
    -texts on audio tape
  • Appreciation of others views/opinions
  • Discussions about texts/authors

Throughout our school, we aim to promote the love of reading at every age and at every point throughout the day – from Breakfast Club, during lessons, lunchtimes and having a quiet read in After School Club. We also hope that our children take their love of reading home. We feel so strongly about reading for pleasure and are pleased to have been awarded the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark.


We value the importance of the ability to apply what the children have learnt into different situations. We therefore feel it imperative that the children have access to a number of cross curricular links throughout the year and this is achieved through the use of Cornerstones.

School Events

Alan Gibbons Author Visit

Reading with Parents

Reading skills

Reading Events

8th September – International Literacy Day
23rd September – Author Day
24th September – Reading Club starts Y56
7th October – National Poetry Day
11th November – Family Learning Workshop
30th January – National Storytelling Week
1st February – KV Reading Weeks
3rd March – World Book Day
20th March – World Storytelling Day
2nd April – International Children’s Book Day
May – National Share a Story Month
4th May – National Children’s Book Week
*Feb-June – Carnegie Children’s Book Award
*March-June – Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Award
*June – Women’s Prize for Fiction
*Summer – National Summer Reading Challenge (Library)


Some of our favourite apps are:

  • KS2 English
  • Audiobooks
  • Alphabet
  • ABS Phonics / animals
  • FunKey Rhymes
  • Rhyme Free
  • Rhyming PCS
  • Stories inc Rapunzel, Goldilocks, Itsy Bitsy
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