We love reading at Meole Brace Primary School and Nursery and we want all our children to share in the pleasure that can be gained by the love of books. We value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and so to ensure this, we have a a holistic approach to the teaching of reading. Children in our school smoothly move along their reading journey of "Learning To Read" to "Reading To Learn." By this, children will learn skills of learning to read through regular Guided Reading sessions with the teacher, through reading to another adult or reading with their peers. 

Reading is at the heart of all learning and developing reading skills and fluency allows children to access the curriculum with growing independence and confidence.Reading is used to support learning. Through books, children engage with the topics they are discovering and can explore the diverse world in which they live. Reading happens across the whole curriculum.  As a way of showing our love for reading, teachers regularly read to their class. We believe there is value and pleasure to be had in sharing a book together and finding out where that story takes us. We want our children to be skilled, enthusiastic readers who have a lifelong love for reading.

 The early stages of reading allow children to have secure and embedded phonic knowledge to support them with sounding out unfamiliar words.  As these skills develop, they will become fluent readers able to use their skills across the curriculum. This will ensure pratise make permenant. Children are encouraged to explore texts at depth, answering questions, giving opinions and showing a growing understanding of a wider vocabulary.


Reading happens throughout the school day in most lessons; however, a dedicated daily reading session is delivered every morning. Children take part in a timetabled reading carousel throughout the week and have opportunities to read independently, individually and in a Guided Reading group. Every child has their own Bug Club Online account, where they can access books matched carefully to their reading level.

Calm, inviting reading areas within every classroom offer spaces where children can enjoy books and read for pleasure.  A carefully selected range of texts are on offer and these have been chosen to reflect the curriculum being taught or books the children are already familiar with.

Our amazing newly established library is regularly enjoyed by all children in school. Classes visit the library weekly so that they can choose a new library book to take home. The wealth of text covering a wide range of genres and topics gives children the opportunity to find out more about a particular subject or enjoy the latest fiction books.

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Reception and Year One

Children in Reception and Year One read fully decodable books from the Bug Club Phonics Programme. These books match directly with the phonemes being taught in the children’s daily phonic lessons and allows for children to practise and embed the application of phonics. Our books match those linked to our carefully selected Systematic Synthetic Phonic programme                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      phonic books.jpg

Year Two and Key Stage Two

Children in Year Two and beyond have an individual reading book that is carefully matched to their reading level.

Some children may need to further embed their phonic knowledge to blend words when reading and will therefore, continue to be supported with decodable texts. As children move through school and their reading develops, they are exposed to text with alternative spelling patterns and new vocabulary. In addition to this, children deepen their understanding by answering retrieval and inferential questions. In Year Five and Six, children experience more challenging text from a range of authors and genres.


Teachers plan and deliver a Guided Reading session linked to end of year learning objectives. The Guided Reading text is selected from the band above to offer challenge through the support of the class teacher. These carefully planned sessions encourage children to justify and offer opinions using evidence from the text. In Key Stage Two, children explore the text independently during a post-guided read activity. 


Our Reading Partnership

We recognise the valuable impact that reading at home can have. We encourage children to read every night as part of their homework and ask that reading diaries are signed. Learning objectives from the Guided Reading sessions are displayed in reading diaries in order that parents/carers can see the reading skills children are developing each week and make comments that reflect them.

As well as individual reading books, children will have a weekly library book that they can read themselves if appropriate or have read to them by an adult at home. Children also have access to Bug Club, an interactive library of books which they can log into from home and read from a selected library of text.




Attainment in reading is measures using the statutory assessments at the end of KS1 and KS2.  These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally.  At the end of each term, children's reading is also assessed using Rising Stars. However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We promote reading for plepasure as part of our reading curriculum.  Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors, resuting in a deep, varied, lifelong love of literature. With our "Learn To Read, Read To Learn" philosophy, children become successful in every subject across the curriculum.


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Christian Theme of the Month

The Christian theme for this half term is 'Respect'.

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." Matthew 7.12

In school we will be:

Exploring the value of respect.

Encouraging pupils to show respect to everyone.

Exploring ways in which we can show respect as one of our School core Christian values.

Parents and carers, please help us at home to support your child in their understanding of the above concepts.

Contact the School

Meole Brace Primary School

Church Road, Meole Brace, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Tel: 01743 351027