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A home reading scheme is operated in Foundation Stage through to Year 2, whereby children bring home books to share with their families each week.

As well as fostering reading, this gives the school and parents a regular way of communicating about their child’s reading.

World Book Month - Share a Million Stories!      Begins Thursday 27th February 2020.                                                                                                                                        Research shows that sharing stories together has long-lasting effects on a child’s future and being read to is critical in igniting enthusiasm for reading. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator for success in life, more than family circumstances, educational background, or income.     

What is a Story Share?
Sharing a story is being read to or reading with an adult, sibling, friend (or even a pet), anyone! All reading (for a minimum of ten minutes) counts as a story share, from picture books to audiobooks to comics and graphic novels. This can take place at any time throughout the day, from breakfast until bedtime – at the breakfast table, on the bus, in the bath, or in bed. 

Click on how to help your child at home with reading in FS, Year 1 or Year 2.

Oxford Owl (Read, Write Inc) https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/   now have ALL the reading books online for you and your child to access.  It is completely free, you just need to register as a parent to access their extensive library.  If you click audio, the story will be read to your child or you can choose it in book format to read as normal.  Just choose books from the same book band colour that they read at school.

Instilling a love of reading is a really important aim of our reading curriculum, so children do get opportunities throughout the week to read for pleasure.  We teach daily phonics in EYFS and KS1 using the RWI programme. For more information see the RWI page.

Have a look at this wonderful selection of books. We have organised the links into year groups for you. 

Nursery & Reception


Year 1


Year 2


Reading Eggs




We are fortunate to have been allowed access to Reading Eggs (not Reading Express as that is for 7+years).

After using their login (given by the teacher - also in Reading Diaries)your child must undertake a 'placement test' to ascertain the appropriate level of targeted work that they will require. It is quite lengthy but will ensure a match with their reading or phonic knowledge. We would be very grateful if you could sit alongside your child while he or she completes the test. Please do not help them to answer the test as it will interfere with the result.

After every five or so lessons each child earns enough golden eggs to go to the Reading Eggs Arcade. Here they can choose a game to play. As children work through their reading lessons, they are concentrating, working hard and achieving as they learn many new reading skills. We want children to know that we realise that they are working hard in their learning. They deserve a reward for their efforts and sometimes they simply want to play. That’s what these games are for – a fun way to say well done!

When enough eggs have been collected they may ultimately exchange them for items for a virtual home. The trial group of children were very enthusiastic about the games and could not wait to reach the next stage so hopefully your child will feel the same.  

After completing various games a child will be able to read a selection of online books and answer comprehension questions that will develop their understanding of a range of different books. 

Requirements for accessing Reading Eggs on Android devices:

Reading Eggs can now be accessed on your Android device! Simply log in to your account at app.readingeggs.com/login using Google Chrome version 29.0 or later.

  • If you haven’t already, you can download the latest version of Google Chrome from the Google Play Store today:

Supported on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Tab 3, Nexus 7 and 10 with Operating System 4.1, Jelly Bean or later

  • Must have Google Play to download Google Chrome
  • Wireless internet connection whilst accessing the programme
  • An active trial or subscription of Reading Eggs
  • Not supported on Dell Venue 7, Kindle Fire and Tesco Hudl Tablets

For iPad users you can download the ‘Reading Eggs Student’ app in iTunes

Your child will have been given an individual login by their class teacher.

Useful reading websites




Website: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: all children’s audiobooks are available for free while schools are closed.

Registration: not required


Website: https://authorfy.com

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: access to masterclasses on texts from a range of authors, including videos from the authors and activities linked to novels.

Registration: is required

Book Trust

Website: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/

Storytime with Nick

Website: https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/help-during-school-closure/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: available from Monday 20 April. Films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer.

Registration: not required

The Children’s Poetry Archive

Website: https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: an archive of spoken poetry recordings. Children can listen to poems read out loud.

Registration: not required

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, including fiction and non-fiction. Family activities are included in the ‘Home Time’ section.

Registration: not required

Love Reading 4 Kids

Website: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: a site with recommended booklists, categorised by age range and topic, covering fiction and non-fiction.

Registration: not required