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Great Kimble Church of England School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



"I love spending time in the library, I can sit on the beanbag and read my favourite Harry Potter book"

(Year 6 Child)


At Great Kimble, we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers. At the heart of our strategy is our drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through our Bug Club phonics programme, exciting diverse independent readers and a wide range of teaching activities that utilise imaginative stories and thought provoking texts. We therefore intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction (including poetry and playscripts) and non-fiction so all children are exposed to a variety of literature, genres and authors to: 

  • Develop knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live; 

  • to establish an appreciation and love of reading; 

  • to gain knowledge across the curriculum, and 

  • to develop their comprehension skills. 

  • develop the self-awareness to understand the kind of reader they are. 

We are committed to providing a broad and diverse range of texts and books from across the curriculum which are rich in vocabulary.  The sharing of stories is central to our provision throughout the school so children enjoy both reading and being read to as part of our daily timetable. Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. We recognise the importance of taking a consistent whole school approach to the teaching of reading in order to close any gaps and to target the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher. We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves, persevere and pursue success, always ‘reaching for the stars’.


Promoting a love of Reading

The reading areas in each classroom are designed to be comfortable and relaxed. The children sitting on comfy cushions or chairs – allowing their mind to get into a book, these serve as a constant reminder for the children to pick up a book and start reading. These, alongside our spacious school library, are accessible, welcoming places that are stocked with good-quality, appropriate books. Each year group has a dedicated Library session each week for them to share a range of books together and take out Library books to read at home.

In the warmer months, The children have the opportunity to visit our outdoor Reading Cafe during breaktimes and lunchtimes, They can sit with a friend to quietly enjoy a book or take part in one of our compression quizzes or even write a book review.

Each class is provided with a Reading Scrapbook, This is a creative book that is taken home by each child throughout the year. These scrapbooks give the children an opportunity for them to reflect on some of their favourite reads from home. They can draw a picture, write a review, write an adaptation, paint their feelings...whatever they want! We then share their thoughts and feelings with the rest of the class. 

We also encourage our children to share their love of reading through a weekly recommended read section on our newsletter where the children are given the opportunity to share some of their favourites with the whole school community.


What you will see:

  • All children fully engaged in their learning.

  • Children that enjoy a diverse reading spine.

  • Children who are excited to share their enjoyment of reading with others.

  • Children confidently explaining how they use their VIPERS skills.

How we know how well our pupils are doing:

  • Adults listen to all children read at least once a week.

  • Bug Club end of unit assessments highlight gaps and support the development of interventions.

  • Priority readers are read to more frequently.

  • PIXL assessments and data are used to identify areas for development for specific classes which are subsequently addressed with interventions either in a whole class setting, as small groups, or independently.

What do the children of Great Kimble say about Reading?


"I love it when it is the time of day when we get to read our class reader, Miss, Butler makes the story sound exciting and we link it to our guided reading work" (Year 3 Pupil)


 "VIPERS helps me when I am reading my own stories, I like to predict what is going to happen and it helps me think about the words I use in my writing to make it more exciting" (Year 4 Pupil)


 " We have been reading Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown as our class reader, I love it! we all laugh so much when Mrs. Andrews reads to us" (Year 2 Pupil)


 "I enjoy guided reading, especially fiction! we have started a new suspense story and linking it to our new Talk for Writing story" (Year 6 Pupil)


 "Every Friday we get to go to the library with Mrs. Cook. I love just looking at the books and reading them together. We get to borrow them and take them home to read" (Year 2 Pupil)

Reading In Action