Alverstoke Infant School

Belonging Respect Responsibility


At Alverstoke Infant School, we teach the children the skills to be able to read and comprehend through our careful and considered provision. Being a confident reader will provide children with the cultural capital to succeed in life.

It is vital that children develop a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. Research shows that children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers. Our role as the adults in our children’s lives is to be positive role models promoting a love of reading for not only the social and academic benefits it brings but also the sheer pleasure it brings.  We believe that school and family members should work together to create a reading culture. Reading is at the heart of our school.

A ‘Reading’ School

Opportunities for reading by…

Reading within phonic lessons

Reading within the curriculum using quality text drivers

Reading within the wider curriculum

Reading for pleasure within the classroom using the book area

Weekly Library sessions

Daily story time is focused on enjoying stories.  Children are read stories at a level above those they can read for themselves. 

At Alverstoke Infants, each year group has a core bank of stories that are shared with the children. The books have been chosen to introduce children to familiar authors, allow them to experience rhyme and repetition, explore key themes, empathise with characters, experience different cultures, be aware of their place in the world, understand environmental issues, be exposed to heritage texts and enjoy poetry. Teachers know the stories that the children have read before and can use this knowledge to discuss recurring themes.

We also celebrate World Book Day.

Please see our Reading policy




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