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Woodlea Junior School

Reading at Woodlea

Reading at Woodlea


Our Vision:

At Woodlea, we want all children to gain excellent linguistic skills which will allow them to achieve their full potential through our exciting, engaging curriculum. 



The children at Woodlea have many opportunities to enjoy reading! The development of children's reading skills is intertwined with the need to nurture a love of books and reading to create lifelong readers. Reading is heavily embedded within our curriculum and we are developing reading within all subjects. Each day, the children have time to enjoy reading a book of their choice for pleasure, we regularly visit Leyland Library and we have created an outdoor reading area with a book shed. We have recently updated our class libraries, reading areas and class reading incentives. In addition, the children use Reading Plus, which is very popular within school and we have weekly awards for the children and classes who have read the most words. We also have Friday story time. The children can choose a story to listen to and enjoy, read by an adult in school. 



The children at Woodlea enjoy reading and have regular opportunity to share their thoughts. Recently, the children have shared book reviews to display in the library to encourage others to try new titles/authors. 


Furthermore, children's attainment is assessed regularly. Our results show that children make excellent progress in reading during their time at Woodlea. 

Home Reading

We ask that you read with your child at least four times each week and fill in their reading record, noting down the chapter(s) they have read, any notes and an adult's signature. If your child completes their Reading Plus sessions at home, these can also count towards their four reads per week. When noting down Reading Plus, please put in the percentage your child achieves on the session. Please take a look at the information below with some tips on supporting your child with their home reading. 

Get Caught Reading

The children who read in their own time; out side, during lunch time are entered into a draw to be awarded books of their choosing. 

Well Done and Keep Reading!

Reading Plus

The children at Woodlea are encouraged to 'go green' on Reading Plus. This means that they have completed at least five assignments over a week. The children who have been successful are entered into a draw to win a book of their choice from our fabulous book vending machine! Reading Plus resets at the start of each year. All children have done their baseline assessment and have stories tailored to their needs. Each month, in assembly, the top class from the upper and lower school are announced as well as the top readers in each class. Take a look at our Twitter and class pages to see our monthly winners! 

Book Vending Machine

Visits to Leyland Library

Class Reading Incentives

Outdoor Reading Area


The Fantastic Book Awards (FBA) are running again for 2023-2024. In school, Mrs Rufus is overseeing the programme this year, which is running with our Year 5 and 6 children. Class teachers have chosen a small group of children to take part and it is also open to children who wish to participate in their own time. All children who take part will be entered into a raffle to win a signed copy of this year's FBA linked novels!

Reading for Pleasure 


Every afternoon children have an opportunity to either read their own story book or listen to a class reader with their teacher.


These 10 minutes of reading mean we start our afternoons in a calm way, ready to continue our wider curriculum learning. 

Friday Story Time


Friday Story Time is the best time of the week for lots of children and staff at Woodlea. All staff choose a book for a half term, the children sign up to one of those books and on a Friday they go to their adult and have their story read to them.


Our theme for our Friday Story Time books for the spring term is 'teacher's favourite stories'. 

World Book Day 2023

For World Book Day this year we used ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and ‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’ as our inspiration. Children and staff dressed up in one colour as ‘crayons’ and spent the day doing writing and creativity activity linked to the stories. 

We also ran our Woodlea Book Swap for the second year in a row and this was a great success. So many of our children were excited to swap one of their books and take something new home to read. 

Finally, we finished our day by inviting parents in to share stories with their children. This was a fantastic end to a brilliant day all around!