Our focus on teaching reading at East Bierley follows the statement learn to read, then read to learn. We aim to develop a real love of stories in their widest sense throughout school. We share stories through drama and storytelling, picture books, through our Collective Worship, in class story time, history story time and DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time as well as teaching explicit reading skills throughout school through phonics, guided reading in groups and as a class, paired and shared reading, English lessons and 1-1 reading.

Even when your child is reading, it is really important that you still share stories with them and enjoy the books they are reading too. Please listen to your child read, ideally every day, and discuss the book with them. It is good to reread books too.

Synthetic phonics is taught systematically throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1 using the Storytime Phonics Scheme based on Letters and Sounds. Where required this is also explicitly taught in Key Stage 2. Children read books that are phonically decodable and are pitched appropriately for them to achieve success. Rereading books helps to develop the fluency they need to develop as readers swiftly.

We are always delighted to have the chance to talk about reading at school.  If you would like to have books or authors recommended for your child, please speak with your child's class teacher or with Mrs Upham.  Many children already borrow books from Mrs Upham and seek regular recommendations for both classics and newly published books. For regular updates, please check out our Twitter feed where reviews and recommendations are regularly posted.

Rachel Wilshaw (Bradford Literature Festival) ‘I don't think I've EVER known a school quite as enthusiastic about reading.

I love this school! @tompalmerauthor , were your ears burning? You have some massive fans at @eastbierleyPS ! #lovereading #lovebooks’ 

Jude Baker (Fiction Express) ‘...in talking about what local schools were 'super readers' Karen volunteered that your school is famed for its reading culture, and on looking at your school website, I can see why!’ 

Reading and Phonics Booklets

These leaflets have been shared in class and parent meetings.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's class teacher, Mrs Sneddon our English Lead or Mrs Upham.

Reading Booklet Reception 
KS1 Reading Booklet
KS1 Parents Reading Vipers
KS2 Reading Vipers

Reading Blogs



Follow the links below to find out more about our curriculum.