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We want all children to develop a love of reading whilst at Severnbanks Primary School.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on a page. We believe in the importance of children being read to; through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. All classes have key texts that are read to them which link in with their terms focus which exposes children to language and classic stories which they may find too challenging to read independently. We are part of the Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils project through Cheltenham Literary Festival where new books are introduced to staff.

Cracking Comprehension and Tony Whatmuff strategies for reading comprehension is  supplemented with VIPERS at KS2 and Guided Reading at KS1 focus on the skills of comprehension, through identifying new vocabulary, to understanding the meaning of the written text and making links into existing knowledge and other texts.

Teachers share a variety of written material regularly with the children, fiction and non-fiction, stories, reports, diaries and poems; but not forgetting the importance that picture books can play.

We have a home-school reading system, which requests that children read a book at the appropriate level for them. In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children read books matched to their phonic phase in order to read and sounds that they have been taught. This then progresses to include tricky, high frequency and common exception words so that children are exposed to reading patterns, repetition and sight reading giving them a thorough grounding in fundamental reading skills. At KS2 children Project X provides a structured reading scheme and then children follow ‘book bandings’ ensuring they are making progress.

Alongside this, we visit the Cheltenham Literary Festival to attend author workshops, have visiting authors, poets, theatres, visiting books fairs and celebrate Roald Dahl Day and World Book Day.

 Chosen text 23/24 ( subject to change) 

Year group / Term

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Nursery Rhyme focus


We’re going on a bear hunt

Goldilocks and the three bears


Polar Bear, Polar Bear

Dear Zoo


Handa’s Noisy Night

Oliver’s Vegetables


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Maisy goes on a plane


A duck in a truck



Sharing a Shell


Nursery Rhyme focus


Farmer Duck

Owl Babies

Stick Man

Handa’s Surprise


 Anansi the spider



Jack and the Beanstalk


Mr Wolf’s pancakes

The Train Ride


 Whatever Next

Lucy and Tom at the Seaside


Rainbow Fish

Year 1

I love my dinosaur


Dear Dinosaur


Dinosaur poetry

Mrs. Armitage on Wheels


Mrs. Armitage the Queen of the road


The Most Magnificent Things


Firework poetry


Non fiction- Usborne Famous lives for young readers, Florence Nightingale


The Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch & Michael Martchenko


Non fiction books


Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers


Animal riddles

Non fiction books about penguins


Oliver’s Fruit Salad and Oliver’s vegetables by Vivian French


Year 2

Hot Air


The Blue Balloon


Miranda the Explorer

Non fiction books about the Wright Brothers


Q Pootle 5

If I were a kid on the Titanic


Non fiction books about the Titanic

Toby and the Great Fire of London


Non fiction books about the GFoL

Pirates Ahoy!



The Little Mermaid

The Secret Garden

Year 3

The Night Gardener

Lights on Cotton Rock

Stone Age Boy

The Iron Man

Egyptian Cinderella

Charlotte’s Web

Year 4

The Tin Forest

The Wild Robot

The Boy who Biked the World

Who let the Gods out?

Tiger Tiger

The Firemaker's Daughter

Year 5

Arthur and the Golden Rope


When the Mountains roared


The Viewer

London Eye Mystery 

The London Eye Mystery

Year 6

Pig Heart Boy

Shackleton’s Journey


Street Child

Chinese Cinderella

My Secret War Diary



 Every year we celebrate World Book Day. For 2024, every child in school was given a lollipop stick to decorate as their favourite book character. We received some very creative characters.



This year we chose to celebrate poetry as part of WBD. Every class learnt a poem to recite in our whole school assembly, we were very excited to hear poems being recited and enjoyed by all. 


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