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Reading at St Benedict’s C of E VA Junior School

Nothing is more important in education than ensuring that every child can read well.

At St Benedict’s we believe in promoting reading throughout the school. Children read daily and are read to daily. Details of the class reader book are displayed on every classroom door. Staff across the school have displays of the books they are currently reading for pleasure. Reading should be fun and we have created and encouraged a positive reading ethos.

We have a ‘buddy reading system’ within school whereby a group of Year 6 children read with Year 3 children twice a week. Each term Year 2 children from St John’s Infant School visit our Year 5 children for a reading morning/afternoon.

We are also extremely fortunate to have volunteer parents/grandparents who are generous in giving their time and support by listening to children read each week.

We have a close relationship with the local library. Class visits are encouraged throughout the school year. At the end of the Summer term, the local librarian introduces the library summer holiday competition and then in the autumn term returns to present prizes to the children.

Reading at Home

Hearing a child read and reading to them is a key part of their development and from that, a love of reading for pleasure.  Reading and discussing books enables children to develop a deeper understanding of what they read.


Words unlock the doors to a world of understanding.