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Reading is the door to creativity, to visualisation and to greater knowledge; it is the gateway to fantastic, impossible realms, planets and worlds. Research tells us that children who read for pleasure on a daily basis develop a wider vocabulary, greater general knowledge and a far better understanding of other cultures. It is perhaps one of the single most important factors in a child’s development. Naturally, we therefore believe that it is every child’s right to learn to read, but we hope that our children go far beyond this to develop a true love and pleasure for reading


At Dorothy Barley Infant School we use a bespoke reading scheme to cater for all children and their different needs.

Your child will be heard reading by the class teacher weekly as part of a group reading session called guided reading. In this session the teacher will teach new reading skills and encourage the children to apply comprehension skills to the book they have read.


As a school we use the scheme Bug club for home reading using the computer.This allows the children to read books online at home and then the children are able to participate in a variety of different reading and phonic activities.


Your child should have been given a username and password. If you need any help with these please see the guides below or speak to the school English lead Mrs koniotes. 


We are very lucky to have a well stocked library. All children, from Reception to year 2, visit our school library each week. These sessions include input from adults about different authors and the children will discuss books. The children return their library books and get a new book each week, the focus of these sessions is for children to choose a book to develop a love of reading. Time in class is dedicated to reading for enjoyment.