Reading at Trosnant

At Trosnant, we are passionate about offering each child the opportunity to develop into fluent, confident readers. We do this through a number of opportunities woven into our curriculum. Each child changes their book throughout the week as and when they need to.

Reception and KS1 children take home ‘Book Bag Books’, linked to our Read, Write Inc Phonics Programme which is carried out on a daily basis.

Year 3, as part of transition into KS2, select an appropriate book band colour coded book.

Years 4, 5 and 6 children select an appropriate level book from the library or Scholastic Pro scheme, which is followed in Years 4 and 5.

All year groups can take a range of fiction and non-fiction books home to read.

A Trosnant reader has:

  • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills.
  • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum.
  • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary.
  • An excellent comprehension of texts.
  • Read a variety of texts inside and outside of school.
  • Secure understanding of comprehensive skills that they can apply effectively to reading.

Our Libraries!

We have a KS1 and KS2 library jam packed full of a variety of books available for the children to take home. Each class is allocated a library slot throughout the week, this gives all children an opportunity to explore our resources and take books out as they wish.

Must Reads!

Each class has a selection of non-fiction and fiction ‘Must Read’ books. Throughout the year the children will read these books and are given various opportunities to do this. This may be as a whole class, or independently. These books give all children an opportunity to read a wide range of books during their time in each year group!


Here is an example of Year 3’s Must Reads:

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Reading Buddies!

On the last Friday of every month, classes are paired up to read with each other. This is a great opportunity for KS1 and KS2 children to mix and learn from their peers! The children absolutely love it!

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Reading at Trosnant

On top of daily phonics, every year group teaches a reading lesson at least once a week. This is in the form of Guided Reading, Book Talk or within and English lesson. The reading book focus is often linked to other areas of the curriculum, to add variety and opportunities to delve deeper into our learning. This may be taught as a whole class, or carried out in small groups; this takes place with the support of a teacher or an LSA. For those who need additional support daily reading as well as interventions also take place in each year group. Evidence of this is recorded and documented alongside the reading skills in each year group; which link to our Reading Aliens in Reception – Year 5 and our Reading Skills Symbols in Year 6.


Reading Events!

We are keen and enthusiastic to get as many parents involved and immersed in a love for reading alongside their children, we have held various events to promote this so far this year.

After School Reading Café – an opportunity to read with your children a range of books from our libraries, we have even had special guests reading our stories! There are also yummy snacks and drinks up for grabs!

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Parent Workshops – a short presentation is delivered by the English Team on ways you can support your children at home with their reading and comprehension skills, followed by an opportunity to share books as a family.

World Book Day – we love an excuse to celebrate a love for books. On World Book Day we dedicate a whole day to lots of fun activities relating to books and a variety of stories. All children and staff can dress up as a book character of their choice… some staff members take dressing up very seriously!

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Extra resources…

School Library Service – The SLS deliver a range of books each term to fill the libraries with. They also offer relevant topic books to use in class alongside our Quest Learning Journeys.

Local library – Don’t be shy… visit the local libraries. There is one in Leigh Park and Havant – the best part is it’s free!

Teacher videos – Have a listen to some of our teachers favourite stories read aloud for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home!