At Talbot Primary we are passionate about reading. We believe that every child is a reader and that phonics is the bedrock of being a fluent, engaged and accurate reader. As such, synthetic phonics is taught systematically throughout Early Years and Key Stage One, to ensure that children have the tools to read and decode words, enabling them to access and enjoy the wealth of books on offer. Children enjoy daily guided reading sessions throughout Key Stage One and Two, and love to discuss the books that they have read. With two newly refurbished libraries, run by our Key Stage Two librarians, children have access to a wide range of stimulating resources. We promote reading throughout the year with a range of exciting activities and challenges including our annual book week.

    Useful links:

    Reading fluency

    Click here to see how you can help your child become a fluent reader.


    Reading scheme

    Click here to learn about Talbot's reading scheme.


    Bug Club

    Bug Club is an online reading scheme that is funded by the PTA. All pupils have home access to this resource, which is especially helpful for developing comprehension skills.


    End of Year Expectations

    For information regarding end of year age-expectations, including reading,


    Developing a love of reading

    Talbot Primary school, works to foster a love of reading from Early Years to Year 6. What do we do?

    Annual World Book Week

    A wide range of events across school are planned across school to engage and inspire all children. Dressing up day, themed reading zones, competitions and bedtime stories all help to create a buzz around school that continues way beyond the week

    Lunchtime library clubs

    These are run by staff at lunchtimes and aim to hook children into a book.

    Junior Librarians

    Our Junior librarians work tirelessly to support their Key Stage 2 friends to independently choose and change their own library books at playtime. If there is a popular book, or books that we do not have in the library, the librarians keep us informed and we do our best to get these into the school.

    Pupil led book clubs in Upper Key Stage 2

    Children in Year 5 and Year 6, run their own Book Clubs, based on a shared book. These have proved very popular with much lively debate and discussion about the storyline, plot and characters.

    Author of the month assemblies and displays

    Each month both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two focus on a different author of the month. This includes book assemblies, displays and work on related authors and illustrators to excite and engage pupils.

    Book themed dance workshops

    Professional dancers come in each year, running workshops with classes, to bring a book to life through movement and dance. These have proved extremely popular.

    Visiting readers

    Parents and visiting storytellers are regular visitors to school, adding variety to story times and English lessons and to share their love of reading. Look out for the Tiger who came to tea at Talbot in Year One!

    Book fairs

    These are run twice a year by different publishers, to give pupils and parents the opportunity to buy quality texts.

    PTA support

    The PTA works closely with school to support reading across school. This support is invaluable and includes our annual subscription to Bug Club, book themed summer fairs and world book week activities.

    Questions to support home reading:

    As well as listening to your child read at home, and reading to them, it is useful to discuss the books to deepen your child's understanding. Below are links to a range of questions that can help you cover different themes.

    Reading reminder prompts

    Questions for Year 1

    Questions for Year 2

    Questions for Year 3

    Questions for Year 4