At Portfield we love reading! We believe that reading is essential to enable children to access and understand all areas of the curriculum and their future life. We celebrate their successes and achievements through certificates, badges and reading related prizes. In school we teach reading through three different strands - phonics (Sounds-Write), comprehension (Talk 4 Reading) and reading for pleasure (Accelerated Reader).

We have developed a well-researched literacy spine to provide our children access to the very best books around. Throughout each topic in our curriculum, the children learn from, enjoy and imitate the style of these books in order to master the skills of reading and writing for themselves. We also encourage the children to read these books in their independent reading time by challenging them to complete a 'Best books to read before you leave Portfield' challenge card. There are ten fantastic books to read on each card and the children are able to choose a book to keep from the next level card if they achieve 80%+ in all of the Accelerated Reader book quizzes. You are able to view the challenge cards on the right hand side of this page.

To support at home we encourage children to read daily, which should be recorded in their reading records.  This should be signed by the parent each time their child has read to them independently.  We also recommend that parents read a range of books to their child, allowing the child to access and enjoy information or stories that they are interested in, but may not be able to read themselves.

Extra information:

Oxford Reading Tree

Accelerated Reader