At Hagbourne we promote a love of books and reading from every angle, from our wonderful library, to reading events and class activities. Our teachers are highly skilled at bringing stories to life through drama, role play, creative activities and targeted teaching.

Our school library hosts a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles with cosy spaces and bright displays. Our new library software system allows children to locate the books they wish to read using our library catalogue, accessible from school and at home.

We use Phonics Bug software to bring Phonics learning to life for the younger children, and all children across the school have access to ebooks matched to their reading level that can be accessed in school or at home using a PC or tablet.

All classes have guided reading sessions where they take an in-depth look at texts in groups and with the class teacher. Reading support programmes run for targeted groups and individuals to support where necessary, and parent helpers and volunteers regularly support children with their reading across the week. We frequently arrange reading buddy activities, where children across year groups share books with each other, and our children find this particularly inspiring.

The National Curriculum for Reading is detailed within the English syllabus, and can be found at this link







Parents can use the Bookfinder page of the World Book Day website to search for reading suggestions for their child:

We hold reading events and celebrations throughout the school year, including Readathon, Book Week and World Book Day. During these events we raise money for school and various charities by dressing up and running sponsored reading activities. Our Scholastic Book Fair is a great way to showcase the latest titles at the same time as raising money for the school. At the heart of all these activities is a nurturing of a love of books and reading.


Year 3 World Book Day Illustration Workshop:








The World Book Day website has a wealth of book reading activities and their WBD TV page has video clips of authors reading their own books – well worth a look!