READING at John Randall Primary School and Nursery.

‘Reading takes you places!  Where will your book take you?’


In our approach to English education, we recognise and emphasise the interconnectedness of its distinct strands, each contributing to an understanding and mastery of the language. At the core lies Reading, the foundation upon which all other skills are built. Through reading, pupils not only immerse themselves in the world of language and literature but also develop crucial comprehension skills and vocabulary acquisition.

John Randall firmly believes that reading is not merely a journey of imagination; it’s a passport to boundless destinations, fostering language development and laying the vital groundwork for success in both reading and learning.  In our view, the act of reading is at the heart of everything we do and is the tool to bridge the disadvantaged gap!

In building our selection of books, we have considered three integral strands: the joy of reading for pleasure, the celebration of diversity through a wide array of authors and topics, and the exploration of literary devices across various storytelling styles. Our aim is to offer readers not only an escape into captivating narratives but also a window into the rich tapestry of human experiences, perspectives, and voices. By embracing diversity in both content and form, we endeavor to foster empathy, understanding, and curiosity among our readers, while also nurturing a deep appreciation for the craft of storytelling.


The systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority throughout Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 (KS1). At John Randall Primary School, we use a synthetic phonics programme RWI produced by Ruth Miskin. Our staff teach learners the relationship between sounds and the written spelling patterns, or graphemes, which represent them. All children in Reception, KS1 and, where necessary, KS2 have daily phonics sessions in small ability groups where they participate in speaking, listening, spelling and reading activities that are matched to their current needs.

Children in KS1 And KS2 who are not involved in the phonics session, participate in Whole Class reading sessions which take place across the school daily for between thirty and forty-five minutes.

How to help your child at home

Reading aloud and sharing a book is so important.  We ask that you read at least 3 times per week with your child and enter this into their reading diary.



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