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Reading and Phonics

Click here to read about our curriculum offer and download our progression map

We aim for our pupils to feel the joy that is mentioned in Job 19v23

'Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were scribed in a book!'

We have started this page to celebrate our love of reading. We want this webpage to be a place where we can inspire a love of reading in our school community and further afield.


Amazing May in Year 2!

May wrote a letter and sent a game to her favourite author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson. She was thrilled to see Laura playing her game on Instagram. Click on the instagram link below to see May's amazing game being played. Well done, May!


Cosy Story Session at 17:00 on November the 30th

Christmas festivities will commence on November 30th at Clifton-upon-Dunsmore School. The children will be treated to a cosy story and biscuits, while the parents can enjoy mince pies, and drinks and browse the amazing collection of books from Hunt's Bookshop for their Christmas shopping. If you're unable to attend the story session, don't worry, as the books will be available for purchase for the rest of the week.

More details will follow.

Reading for Pleasure. Why is it so important?

Research proves that reading for pleasure is important for children for many different reasons and here are a few.

A 2009 study showed that 30 minutes of reading reduces stress levels, lowered blood pressure and heart rate as much as yoga and laughing. 

Regular reading for pleasure improves cognitive development, including progress in Maths, Vocabulary, and Spelling.

Reading books often, attending the library regularly and reading newspapers have a combined effect greater than having a parent with a degree.

If all UK children read for pleasure almost daily, 1.1 million more students could get five good GCSE grades in 30 years.

What can you do at home? Here are some ideas:

  •  Let your children see you reading at home.
  • Talk to your children about reading. Share your favourite books and discuss the ones you don't like and why.
  • Visit your local library. It's a great way to discover new authors and genres without spending any money. Librarians can also help you find suitable books for your children.
  • Make time during the day to read to your child. Even older children can benefit from listening to a story.
  • Encourage your child to read every day. This could be magazines, comics, information books, poems or graphic novels.
  • Teach your children to value books and encourage them to look after them.
  • Keep a list of everything you read in a day to demonstrate how important reading is as a skill.
  • Praise your child as they read and make sure to listen to them without any distractions or mobile phones nearby.

Reading Challenges

Half-term Reading Challenge.

Our half term challenge was to read a book in a spooky place or in a spooky costume and we have done that!
Here are some very spooky readers. Keep up your fabulous reading of your spooky BOOOOOOks!

Mrs Raffell 



Reading Award Winners 

27th of October Reading Award Winners and Half Term Reading Challenge!

The first Reading Achievement awards were drawn, and I was amazed to see so many tickets in the class boxes.

Our Little Wandle winners are:
Year 1 Theo
Year 2 Selina
Rapid Catch-up James in Year 3

They will get to choose their favourite Little Wandle book to keep.

Our Accelerated Reader winners are:
Rose in Year 3
David, in Year 4
Oba in Year 5
Joanna in Year 6

They all have won a voucher from Hunt's bookshop.

I can't wait for our next draw. Well done everyone. I am so impressed with your commitment.

Mrs Raffell



I am thrilled to announce that this Friday, we will be selecting the winners for our Autumn Term Reading Awards. Our Accelerated reading children could win a Hunts Book voucher, and our Little Wandle Readers have the chance to win their favourite Little Wandle book. We are looking forward to this exciting event.
I am very grateful to Mr and Mrs Deakin of Avon Batteries, who have generously agreed to sponsor our Reading Awards for this academic year and also to help purchase some new books for our library.

Thank you very much!

Mrs Raffell

Reading Lead

Do you have a cosy nook where you like to read a book?

In school, we have fantastic reading areas that are perfect for reading on your own or with a friend. Here are a few of them. We would love to add some of your favourite places you like to read in or be read to our webpage. Please take a photo and email them to  and add reading web pace as the title.  

Remember that the images can be seen outside our school, so please use emojis, masks or the back of your heads if you wish to hide your identity. We will only add first names and year groups if we have your permission.



Book Recommendations 

Book Recommendations. Have you read any of these?

Pre-School book recommendations for 3-4 year olds.


Reception book recommendations. 100 books to read before your children are 5 years old. 

Year 1 book recommendations.

Year 2 book recommendations.

Year 3 book recommendations.

Year 4 book recommendations.

Year 5 book recommendations.

Year 6 book recommendations. 

October October, a great book by Katya Balen that is  recommended  for age 9+

October, October is a "beautiful" and "captivating" story of a girl, October, who must learn to spread her wings after a childhood spent living wild in the woods changes dramatically the year she turns 11. The story was inspired by Balen's father-in-law who lives off-grid, and her own love of mudlarking and the outdoors.

The Midnight Fair  recommended age 5+

A spectacular, surreal and cinematic wordless picture book about the secret life of animals.
Far from the city, but not quite in the countryside, lies a fairground.

When night falls, and the fair is empty, something unexpected happens. Wild animals emerge from the trees, a brave raccoon pulls a lever, and the rollercoasters and rides explode back into bright, neon life. Now it's time for the woodland creatures to have some fun.  

Do you have a book you would recommend and we could add onto this page? Write the title of the book, the author, why you recommend it and the age you think will enjoy it.  Then pop it in the box by the Reception classroom. I look forward to seeing your ideas.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Support for Parents

At the Little Wandle Parent Workshop we discussed the importance of Reading to your child and saw amazing statistics of why it is so important. Here is another reminder for you.

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Support for Parents

Don’t forget that the Little Wandle Website has lots of information for our Parents and Carers.

Go to


Why should we go to the Library?

Why should we go to the library?

  • A visit to the library exposes your children to more books than you can afford to buy and joining is free.
  • The librarian can recommend books you may not know of or think to suggest, broadening your children’s tastes and expanding their minds and vocabularies.
  • Library time is active, not passive, meaning that it’s not just a place to be quiet and read. Public libraries offer activities during school holidays and over weekends.
  • Owning a library card teaches kids responsibility.


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