We use a variety of reading schemes at Elston Hall Primary School. A reading scheme is a structured and levelled set of books written specifically to ensure that your child can take steady and progressive steps towards reading success.  At Elston Hall we are also mindful of the need to support wider reading and reading for pleasure. Therefore we dedicate time within the timetable for regular guided reading sessions. In addition, we encourage children to read at home frequently, and provide a diary for home/school communication.

Early reading begins with Oxford Reading Tree (ORT) characters and early picture books and Jelly Bean phonics books as well as ORT phonics books. Pupils take home sounds books. Pupils begin guided reading in Reception when appropriate. All pupils take home two books each time to develop wider reading skills. Once pupils begin ORT reading books, they are expected to answer the questions inside the books with family support. For guided reading in KS1, children follow the Story Sparks and In Fact Guided Reading books  and move onto All Star readers (for HA Y2 readers). KS1 pupils who reach 2S in reading, may also then move to the KS2 books which are colour banded but which come from a variety of publishers and schemes. Pupils are then expected to complete a journal about their books after reading them. Details of the expectations of these journals are glued into the front of the pupil books as guidance for pupils and their families. These journal activities also help to develop a wide range of reading skills. Whole Class Reading sessions are designed to enable pupils to practise written comprehension skills.
We have a school library and a Book Fair is held every term. Parents are invited to join their children to browse the books on offer and help make choices. In the Spring Term we celebrate World Book Day.

Journal Activities

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 KS2 Question Starters

 KS2 Recommended Reading List

Click on the link below for a year 6 extract with examples of different question types

Year 6 Extract and Questions

March 2022

Children loved browsing the new titles and their favourite authors at Elston's book fair.


Lots of fun in school for World Book Day. Click on the box below to see some of our costume winners!

March 2021

Thank you for your efforts at home and at school for World Book Day! We hope you enjoyed the stories and mystery reader! Here are some photos from the day!

March 2020 World Book Day

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, our older children have been exploring the art of reading aloud with intonation and expression. To give their skills a test, they were excited to pair up with younger children for the afternoon, to read them stories from the school library. The children all enjoyed the session, and it was lovely to see our children sharing special moments together and a mutual love of great books and stories. 


A super assembly led by... well it looks like Mr Twit!

Super costumes everyone!