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Abbey Primary School

A caring, sharing, achieving school, putting the child at the heart of everything we do.

Reading At Abbey Primary School

‘Reading is fundamental to education. Proficiency in reading, writing and spoken language is vital for pupils’ success. Through these, they develop communication skills for education and for working with others, in school, in training and at work.

Pupils who find it difficult to learn to read are likely to struggle across the curriculum, since English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching. This is why the government is committed to continuing to raise standards of literacy for all.’

(The Reading Framework: Teaching the foundations of literacy, 2021)


At Abbey Primary School, we recognise that reading really does matter – both staff and pupils talk about reading as the ‘key’ needed to ‘unlock’ the whole curriculum. As such, high priority is given to developing fluent, confident readers who, through immersion in a reading culture, develop an innate love of literature from the moment they enter the Early Years Foundation Stage. As well as recognising the academic benefits associated with reading, we place high value on the emotional benefits too. By enabling children to talk about their experiences, ideas and feelings, it is our aim that they feel more equipped to deal with their personal, social and emotional challenges, once they have explored them through the safe and enjoyable medium of stories.