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Reading Vision

At Southmead, reading is at the heart of every unit of work across the school. We want our children to find pleasure in reading, and we  hope to instil in our children an appreciation of written words; we know that books feed the imagination and open up a treasure box of wonder and joy.


Daily Guided Reading lessons are planned using the same text that the children are learning about in their English lessons; this allows children to be exposed to features, characters and language that they can then use in their cross curricular writing. Having all children reading the same text has meant that dialogue around books has a common ground - everyone feels confident and inspired to talk about their book! Developing articulate children, who can work collaboratively and communicate effectively, is a part of our school’s core values.


Outside of our structured reading times we make sure that our curriculum is packed with texts that entice even the most reluctant of readers. Then we show them our passion, our love and our respect for reading. It might be through sharing the opening chapter of our favourite book or just showing the children images from the text and then leaving the text in the book corner so they can discover more for themselves.


We are determined that all children should leave primary school with a love of reading and complete confidence in their ability to read any text, whether that be in the guise of a book, job application or road sign.

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Recommended Reading


Below we have provided you with some lists of books that we feel are appropriate for  your children to read at home!

Why is reading important? Our friends at Learn to Love to Read have put together an excellent video, detailing some of the workshops they run at schools  (including ours!)

Click here to see a list of all the free E-Books that have been recommended  so far this year!

Have a look at our new Bedtime Edition page to find videos of bedtime stories being read by members of staff. Click here to whizz into our world of Bedtime Stories!

Interested in becoming a volunteer reader?

Speak to a member of the office team.


Mr Mac will read anywhere he can, especially if he can use silly voices aswell!

Further up the school, Key Stage Two had the opportunity to stay behind one evening and watch “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. The event was a great success and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Southmead School's World Book Day- Early Years and KS1 winning costumes! 

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Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 winning entries.

We enjoy having visitors come to read with us. Here we have someone from Learn 2 Love 2 Read!


Coming Up… Extreme Reading Competition!

As we strive to continue to create a real excitement around reading amongst our children, this Easter holiday we will be setting the children a challenge! They need to find a weird and wonderful place to read a book and have their photograph taken. Full details will follow before the end of term and we look forward to receiving entries in the first week of the summer term.


P.S. Even school staff will be taking part!

At Southmead we are lucky enough to work with several fantastic charitable organisations that provide invaluable reading support for our children. Many, many thanks to Learn to Love to Read, Beanstalk and Pets as Therapy for their ongoing hard work. Here are some photos of our children enjoying their reading.

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There has been a huge focus on Reading this term, as we celebrated our Book Week. It was fantastic to see so many amazing costumes and props (many of them homemade!) and it was so difficult to pick the winners! A huge ‘well done’ and 'thank you' to everybody who took part.


During Book Week we also had a special event held in conjunction with our fantiastic volunteers from Learn to Love to Read: The theme was “Giraffes Can’t Dance” and the children in Key Stage One, and their siblings, greatly enjoyed the wide range of craft activities on offer.

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