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 Reading at Alderman Knight 

Please click on the link to access our Alderman Knight School Reading Policy. This policy contains our aims and objectives in relation to the teaching and learning of reading across the school. It provides parents and carers with detailed information on how we teach the early foundations of reading through phonics and supporting reading for pleasure across the school.

How we promote reading

  • All pupils have a reading record so that they can record their reading at home and receive encouragement in school

  • All pupils are encouraged to read at home

  • Pupils have the opportunity to read to our PAT dog in school

  • Use of Accelerated Reader to engage children to read and to improve acquisition of comprehension skills

  • We have special events through the school year with a focus on reading such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day

  • All tutor groups have a tutor novel which is read to them

  • All primary classes have a dedicated reading area

  • Regular reading competitions and challenges

  • Celebration of success through house points, praise postcards and celebration assemblies

  • Promote links with local libraries

Supporting your child at home with reading 


Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps school staff manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Pupils use the Accelerated Reader package in school to promote reading for pleasure and aid comprehension. Parents and Carers can login to their child’s account to see which books they have completed, quiz scores and get book recommendations.

Selecting the right books for your child to read is easier than ever by visiting the Accelerated Reader BookFinder website. With just a few clicks, you can search for titles at the appropriate level that your child will find interesting and enjoyable. 

National Literacy Trust Words for Life website gives developmental milestones, tips, fun resources and advice to help parents support their children’s literacy development. The National Literacy Trust also has lots of further information sheets for Parents and Carers to support reading at home.

BookTrust has lots of free online books and videos, games, prizes, and competitions to get children reading at home.

For more information on Read, Write Inc Phonics please see the "Parent guide to Read Write Inc. Phonics" link below where you can access resources to help your child, including eBooks, practice sheets and parent films.

We often hold sessions for parents and carers to come into school to find out more about how pupils are taught and how they can support at home. Further information about these sessions will be sent home via Weduc.  

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