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Reading is incredibly important to us at St Nicholas of Tolentine.  We want to help every child become a successful and enthusiastic reader who will enjoy books during their time with us and beyond.

As well as exciting Reading lessons based around quality texts, children at our school have the opportunity to hear a range of stories, poems and non-fiction texts read aloud to them at the end of each school day by their class teacher.  Children will read 1:1 to an adult in school at least once a week whilst they are in Reception and Key Stage 1 and at least every two weeks in Key Stage 2.

Throughout the year, authors also visit our school; this allows the children to hear the words straight from the writer's mouth!  Our team of book loving teachers and support staff also celebrate a range of literary events with the children, such as World Book Day and Storytelling Week.


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Children at the school are expected to read at home 5 times a week.  This is recorded on the 5-a-week bookmarks which are handed in and counted every Monday.  The class with the most bookmarks each week gets a prize!

If you cannot find your child's bookmark, there are always spares at the school office.  Even though we are running the bookmark competition, all children still have reading diaries which parents can record home reading in.  These are checked regularly by teachers who also record school reading in them.