First and foremost, we want all children at William Stockton to develop a life-long love of reading. As a result, this is our highest priority. Teachers read class books to pupils containing challenging and interesting novels exposing children to language and classic stories which they may find too challenging to read independently.

Twice weekly, Guided Reading lesson focus on the skills of comprehension, first through unpicking vocabulary, then moving on to unlocking the meaning of whole texts and critical appreciation. This will help our pupils access all the other subject areas and ensure they are life-long learners.

In Reception and Key Stage 1, children’s books are carefully matched to their own phonic knowledge . Moving up into Key Stage 2, children follow ‘book bandings’ ensuring they are making progress.

From Y3 we launch our Accelerated Reader scheme.  This encourages children to read a range of texts in return for certificates and a chance to 'up their word count' The texts on the scheme challenge the children to read ambitious books they might not normally read, including classic books, non-fiction  and poetry. 

Alongside this, we have regular author visits, annual library visits, books fayres and World Book Day – one of the highlights of the year! 

“The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss


We encourage a love and respect of books and it is helpful when children spend time at home talking about books and reading. Encouraging the children to ask questions and say what is happening in the pictures and why are good starting points.  Whilst out and about, we encourage the children to look at the print around them - in shops, posters, road names, signs, etc. 



William Stockton Primary School

Heathfield Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 8DH

0151 3551650

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