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Reading can be a wonderful and enjoyable experience that can open up a whole new world for our children. It underpins everything we do and it is essential to everyday life. As parents and teachers we must help our children to become accomplished readers by teaching them strategies for reading words and to give them the skill to be able to comprehend what they have read.




All children in the school are given a reading record. This needs to be brought into school each day with the  child’s reading book. The teachers record in this book  when they have read with your child.  We also ask you  to sign and date when you hear your child read at home otherwise they can not change it for a new one.            

The children will be given various stickers if they rea  for more than three times a week but ideally it would be great if they read everyday as     READING IS THE KEY TO LEARNING                                                                             


To support children to develop their reading skills at home  they can also use our online reading scheme called Bug club which  is accessed on the internet. The children read eBooks  and complete fun quizzes throughout the book . The children will be engaged  with a truly interactive world, characters  and a reward system to keep them motivated. The quiz questions will help the children with their understanding of the  book. Some of the eBooks are audio books, so the children can enjoy hearing an expressive read of the  book  once they have read it independently.


To gain access to this reading scheme go to  the website:

· https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk 

 Enter  the child’s username and password ( Same as Sumdog logins)





        Orchards Spelling


Another way you can help your child is with Spelling.  The new English curriculum demands more than ever that the teaching of spelling is prioritised.  There are statutory word lists  that the children are expected to know for their age and they can be found in the middle of their green reading journals.  Please help your child to learn to spell the words.  These are some useful websites to help:


Key Stage 1http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html



Key Stage 1 and 2




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If any families have got some reading books that they no longer want or need and are in very  good condition we would be very grateful to recieve them.  We only require books for our primary age children. Also if you find any reading scheme books or accelerated reader books on your shelves at home or under the bed, please don't hestitate to return them to us as we do have lots missing. You can just bring that to the school reception and we will make sure they get put back into the library.




World Book Day 


This will take place  on Thursday 1st March 2018

We had such a fantastic day last year with our  X factor competition of performance poetry that we have come up with an even better idea for this one.















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