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Community Infant School

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Supporting Learning in Reading

Reading for Pleasure and Enjoyment

At Westmeads, we do not have just one reading scheme in school as we believe that children need to experience a wide range and variety of books including poetry, stories, plays and non-fiction, both 'real' and from a reading scheme. Children are encouraged to take home non-fiction library books too, to expand their repertoire.


We are very proud of our book areas in each class; they are somewhere the children can relax and enjoy sharing a book!


Our reading books are banded by colour according to difficulty and children work through the colour bands at their own rate, selecting their own books as they go. There is a range of books in each band and therefore some may be slightly harder or easier and yet still fit into a certain range.

Below is a short video clip for you to watch that captures the importance of reading for pleasure. At Westmeads we encourage our children to use our school library and to visit the libraries in the local community so that they can develop a love of reading from a very young age.

Book Band Information


The following attachment contains support for adults reading with children at different book band levels. If you are unsure of how best to help and engage your child at home and help them to develop excellent reading skills, the following document will be useful to you.

Please read the letter below if you would like more information about how to support your child in reading. 

The bookmark contains ideas and questions that you may want to use when sharing a book with your child.

Tracking Progress in Reading


We are using the CLPE reading scales to help us to track the progress that children are making. Please click on this link to find out more

Useful Websites

Please do take time to have a look at the following websites...