Reading

“ A book is a gift you can open again and again.” (Garrison Keillor)

At Aston and Cote CE Primary books are at the heart of our curriculum. We are passionate about fostering a love of reading. Our aim is for every child to not only acquire the essential basic reading skills, but to become a life long reader.

‘Achievement in reading is a strength throughout the school’ OFSTED 2014

We are always looking for new ways to refine and improve our provision in this area.

We aim for our children to develop a life-long love of reading during their time at our school. They can borrow both fiction and non-fiction books from our newly refurbished library and we have also recently re-vamped the reading areas in our classrooms to ensure that these spaces are enticing and stimulating for our readers. There is an expectation that all of our children will read daily, both at school and at home. Reading record books are checked daily and we have a reward system where pupils can earn their Bronze, Silver, Gold certificates or the prized Diamond Badge for times read .

 Celebrating Book Week or World Book Day is a very popular annual event during which teachers use a book as inspiration to plan a whole range of activities in all areas of the curriculum. 

We also hold a Book Fair each year and have recently introduced a Book Swap – children can bring a book which they no longer want to school and swap it for a book which has been brought in by someone else.

We use Read, Write, Inc. as our core phonics and  reading scheme throughout Key Stage One and as an intervention programme for struggling readers in Key Stage 2. Training by nationally recognised instructors has ensured that our teachers and TAs are equipped to deliver this highly effective programme.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you know, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

One of our lovely parents help to run our new library (pictured below). Each class chose a quote about reading to create a beautiful piece of artwork which is now displayed on the walls of the library.






  • Aston & Cote C of E Primary School
  • School House, Cote Road
  • Aston
  • Bampton, Oxfordshire
  • OX18 2DU
  • Tel: 01993 850435
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