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English is a core subject in the National Curriculum and our aim is to promote high standards of spoken and written language. At the Drive, we aim to develop children's love of literature through a wide variety of books.


Teaching of Reading

At The Drive Primary School we believe that learning to read is one of the most important things your child will do during their early years at school. We place high importance on this, as it is the gateway or barrier to the whole curriculum and to a lifetime of learning for children. Through a love of reading that is embedded within our school, we strive to help children to enjoy and appreciate the joy of literature. The children enjoy enhancement books covering different genres, from a range of reading schemes.


Aims and Objectives:

As a school, we aim to promote high standards of reading and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading both across the curriculum and at home.


As a school, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

· read easily, fluently and with good understanding

· develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.


Reading Schemes:
Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Story World, New Ways, Songbirds, Dandelion Launchers and Project X.



All children have personal access to their own tailored reading scheme. Year groups  1-4 routinely used a computerized program called Lexia that provides phonics instruction and gives students independent practice in basic reading skills.


Reading Plus

Year 3-6 benefit from the web based reading intervention called Reading Plus which individualises specific interventions which scaffold silent reading practice with the aim to develop and improve students' silent reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary.


At The Drive Primary School, we teach reading and writing through the Sounds-Write Phonics Scheme. This programme helps to teach children to understand the relationship between spoken language and written words. Teaching children to read through Phonics allows them to develop their decoding skills; this supports children in learning to blend graphemes (letters) for reading, segment phonemes (sounds) for spelling and manipulate phonemes (sounds) to develop accuracy in early reading and spelling.

Promoting the Love of Reading


Our School Library 

Thanks to the hard work of our parents, staff and children and the donations from IKEA, we have a full functioning Library where children can borrow books when ever they like using our alphabetised and Lexile range system (linked to Reading Plus).


Our Librarians are also timetabled every Wednesday morning for KS2 children to come and change their books; however, the can use it throughout the week too if they need or want to choose another book. 


Our Library is also used when children are in the ICT Suite taking part in a carousel of activities and before and after school. 



See a book you like? Please take one!

In school, we have a 'Reading for Pleasure Bookcase', where children can choose a book whenever they like, take it home and keep it! This will help them build their own mini home library and encourage them to read more for pleasure. 

We also host (after half term) Free Book Friday's, this is an opportunity for our children to choose from a wide selection of books, take them home and keep them.  





National Curriculum Link