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Reading Intent at Alderton Junior School


The intent of Reading at Alderton Junior School is to develop a life-long love of reading within our children and give them the opportunity to enter the wider world equipped with reading skills needed for everyday life. Children will experience a wide range of reading material that will inspire, motivate and challenge them as readers. By the time children reach Year 6, reading for pleasure is embedded. They are intelligent readers that enjoy reading for sustained periods of time and can discuss and explain what they are reading with confidence.


The teaching of Reading at our school includes:

  • Daily 30 minutes sessions delivered through a structured approach that focuses on fluency, vocabulary and the skills needed to read for meaning. 
  • Phonics teaching in Year 3 and phonics support and intervention for other year groups to ensure all children make accelerated progress throughout their time with us.
  • Accelerated Reader - interactive activities to assess children's understanding of what is read
  • Daily whole class reading where teachers' and pupils share their love of reading through a class novel. 
  • Regular theme days and reading events such as World Book Day and many more.


Accelerated Reader


Accelerated Reader is a programme used at Alderton that helps teachers and parents manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level, reads it and when finished, takes a short quiz on a computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child has understood what has been read. AR gives children, parents and teachers feedback based on the quiz results which then informs and helps the child’s development within reading.

Please see our parent guide for any further information. 

Guide for Parents: Helping Your Child with the Accelerated Reader Programme

Reading Spines 

Reading for pleasure is an important part of the reading curriculum at Alderton Junior School. Each day, children enjoy a whole class book, read to them by their class teacher. These have been chosen to ensure children are experiencing a wide range of texts from a variety of authors.  Please see below to see the books read in each year group.

Reading Ambassadors 

Reading Ambassadors play an incredibly important role within our school, sharing their love and enjoyment of reading and encouraging their class mates to read widely and often. 


The job role of a Reading Ambassador is to: 

  • Take responsibility for their class reading area and the whole school library; logging books in and out, keeping it neat, tidy and organised and recommend books their classmates may enjoy. 
  • Run competitions and assemblies to promote the enjoyment of reading
  • Work alongside Miss Tuke to improve reading within the school and be the voice of all pupils.  


Reading Areas

Reading areas are an important part of every Alderton classroom. They are a place where pupils can relax and take time to get lost in a book. Every year, Reading Ambassadors hold a competition to see which class can create the most exciting and engaging reading area. Take a look at some of the best entries below...

Alderton Junior School - Reading area competition winners

This year all teachers and pupils have worked really hard to make their classroom reading areas exciting and engaging places to enjoy reading. Take a look at...


Reading Area Competition Winners 2019


Wondering what to read next? 

Please find below a list of recommended reads for each year group. 

Reading Leader:

Miss Amber Tuke 

January Ofsted Inspection 2023 Good with Outstanding "Pupils flourish in this happy, harmonious junior school. They enjoy a wealth of opportunities to develop their talents and interests."