We love reading at Croxby. Speak to our children and you will find out why it is important to read lots! Reading means so much to us that we have named our academy house teams after authors.

We have aligned our teaching of reading with Jane Considine's 'Hooked on Books' approach.

Four times a week, children take part in 'Book Talk' a whole class guided reading session. In those 'Book Talk sessions your will find our children reading by themselves, reading with a partner, reading as a whole class or listening to the class teacher model reading. Children use the 'Reading Rainbow' to read and respond to texts through different lenses within 3 different zones of reading: The Fantastics, The Stylistics and The Analytics. Book Talk is key to developing oracy skills. Children collaborate in groups using sentence stems and high utility words to develop a Book Talk response. Once a week the children complete an independent reading response activity.

Daily Book Talk guided reading sessions are supplemented by books from the Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby, amongst others.  All books are book banded, with great emphasis being placed on ensuring the children in the early stages of reading have books which let them apply their phonics acquisition.  

If you were to visit 'Croxby Way' lessons in the afternoon you would be likely to see the children reading. Every class ends most days with story time.

In the EYFS, the children spend the first four weeks of the academy taking home picture books to give a focus of speaking and listening and attention.  From October, the children are given reading books that match their phonics acquisition.  Whole class reading books are carefully selected in EYFS.  Books are chosen for a variety of reasons including: repetition of phrases/sentences as well as books which focus PSED elements of the foundation stage curriculum.

EYFS Books that the children will be immersed in: 

1. Room on a Broom

2. The Gingerbread Man

3. The Little Red Hen

4. The Three Billy Goats Gruff

5. Jack and Beanstalk

6. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

7. Little Red Riding Hood

8. Three Little Pigs

9. We're Going on a Bear Hunt

10. The Gruffalo