Creswell Junior School

Creswell Junior School

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Elmton Road, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 4JD



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At Creswell Junior School, we believe that the ability to read is fundamental to our children succeeding; enabling them to access the next stage of their education and beyond, fashioning lifelong readers. Our curriculum has been designed to ensure that pupils have opportunities to develop a love of reading. Our aim is to ensure that pupils gain a thirst for reading a range of genres and participating in discussions about the books; exploring the language used by different authors and the impact the written words have on the reader. Our curriculum has also been designed to ensure that pupils not only read for pleasure but to use books to research and gather new knowledge to extend their understanding.



To gain a life-long enjoyment of reading and books.

To read accurately, fluently and with understanding;

To apply a knowledge of structured synthetic phonics in order to decode unfamiliar words with increasing accuracy and speed;

To be able to read with expression, clarity and confidence;

To develop a good linguistic knowledge of vocabulary and grammar;

To read and respond to a wide range of different types of texts;

To develop a deeper level of emotional intelligence and empathy;



We believe that ‘reading for pleasure’ is at the heart of teaching children to read. Across the whole school, classes are engaged in reading competitions, whole school activities, book weeks, book fairs, visiting authors and a range of pleasurable, reading activities.

We use Accelerated reading and STAR assessments to ensure each child has an appropriate booked, matched to their reading ability. Children also take part in quizzes, once they have finished the book, to demonstrate their comprehension understanding. Children take part in daily discreet reading fluency and comprehension lessons, which focus on developing pupils’ level of understanding of the text through discussion, written and oral tasks and the exploration of new vocabulary. Pupils will be taught to retrieve, infer, predict, summarise, analyse and evaluate a whole class text.

Time is set aside during the week, for teachers to read to the children and share quality books from a range of authors.

We encourage our pupils to read for pleasure and to read widely. Pupils explore a novel, developing their reading skills and their ability to understand the author’s intent, connections and links to their own experiences. Discussion and critiquing are key aspects of these lessons.

Children are read to each day by their class teacher. This can be a book that the teacher recommends to the class or a recommendation from a child. 

Independent Reading is encouraged daily.  Pupils are regularly tested to assess their reading level, ensuring that pupils are reading the most appropriate books. Reluctant readers, or those pupils who struggle with reading are heard reading every day to ensure that they make expected progress.

Children who fall into the ‘lowest 20%’ are listened to read everyday, all other children are listened to read at least once at week.  





As we believe that reading is key to all learning, the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the result of statutory assessments. Children have the opportunity to enter the wide and varied magical worlds that reading opens up to them. As they develop their own interest in books, a deep love of literature across a range of genres cultures and styles is enhanced.


Through the teaching of systematic phonics and reading enquiry, our aim is for children to become fluent and confident readers who can apply their knowledge and experience to a range of texts through the Key Stage 2 curriculum.


As a Year 6 reader, transitioning into secondary school, we aspire that children are fluent, confident and able readers, who can access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to unlock learning and all areas of the curriculum. We firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments.


In addition to this:

  • Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading at home, and contribute regularly to home-school records.
  • The % of pupils working at age related expectations and above age related expectations within each year group will be at least in line with national averages and will match the ambitious targets of individual children.
  • There will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils (e.g. disadvantaged vs non-disadvantaged)


For our Accelerated Reader page, please click here.


At Creswell Junior School we strive to ensure our children value reading and can read confidently with enthusiasm.  We aim to deliver well-planned reading lessons which are challenging, enjoyable and develop the childrens’ reading skills.  These are taught explicitly in guided reading group sessions, whole class reading sessions and in 1-1 reading time, whilst also being embedded through a wide range of curricular subjects.

Well chosen, high-quality class texts are used in sessions to enhance the childrens’ reading skills and expand their vocabulary. Cross curricular links ensure the texts are meaningful, engaging and promote a love of reading.

The teaching of reading follows the Reading National Curriculum which can be found here:

National Curriculum for English

Reading for pleasure

At Creswell we aim to ensure our children develop a love of reading and a genuine desire to read for pleasure. Books are shared to foster a curiosity and passion for reading, with high quality, well chosen- texts freely available to all pupils.

Our independent reading sessions allow pupils to relax and enjoy being read to, thus prioritising the enjoyment and pleasure which reading brings.

Accelerated Reader 

‘Motivate, monitor, and manage students’ independent reading practice with Accelerated Reader and watch as students develop a true love for reading’ Renaissance Accelerated Reader.

Our children have access to our Accelerated Reader library which contains a wide variety of engaging and challenging texts, to both enhance reading skills and foster a love of reading. Accelerated Reader allows children see instant small-step of progress thus boosting confidence and enthusiasm to read. After completing a book, the children take a short online quiz which assess their understanding of the book and gives instant feedback. Please see your child’s class teacher for their log in details.

How can I help my child at home?

  • Encourage a love of reading by making reading a part of daily life. Share your excitement when reading.
  • Make reading a positive experience by encouraging and praising your child when they read.
  • Read to your child as well as your child reading to you. Reading to your child will encourage their love of books and passion for reading.
  • Record in your child’s reading record when they have read at home, this gives a sense of achievement and also helps them to earn raffle tickets!
  • Praise all types of reading: books, magazines, signs, websites etc.
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