At St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School our aim is for all children to develop into confident, independent readers and, most importantly, to enjoy reading.

We have many effective initiatives running throughout the school to encourage and promote reading for pleasure.

Guided Reading

Guided reading is well established across the school and takes place in all year groups. We have access to a diverse range of texts including – fiction and non-fiction. Books are used from schemes as well as novels for more advanced readers. As well as the structured guided reading sessions, all classes have a class read. This is something they read together on a regular basis and often complete activities or discussions related to this book.

Bug Club

Due to the technological environment we now live in, we have recently subscribed to Bug Club. This is a finely levelled reading scheme which children access via their own personal website. Children are allocated books by their teacher, which they then read and answer questions on to develop their comprehension skills. So far, this scheme has been a great success in encouraging reluctant readers as it is done in a fun and interactive way as pupils gain coins to reward them for correct answers; pupils can them spend these coins in a virtual shop. We encourage parents to access this resource at home with their children; however opportunities are also available in school through Guided Reading and reading clubs.

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Drop Everything and Read Time

In our school, we advocate reading for pleasure. We believe in dedicating time every week where we all ‘Drop Everything and Read’. Children are encouraged to sit with their friends during this time, ensuring that they view reading as a fun and relaxing activity. At the end of the session, children are encouraged to talk about the books that they have read and recommend them to their friends. We also feel that it is important for the children to see the staff working in their classes as readers too, and so for twenty minutes a week, we all ‘drop everything and read’!


Reading for Pleasure

At St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School, we are committed to providing our children with opportunities to read for pleasure as we believe the benefits of reading for pleasure are far reaching. Aside from the pure enjoyment of using their creative imaginations, we believe that reading for pleasure has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is crucial in developing children’s self-esteem, confidence and motivation. On this page we hope you will find a series of resources to inform you about what we do in school and ways you can support your child at home.


Reading Champions

Each class has a reading champion. Reading champions meet to discuss new ideas and initiatives to promote reading for pleasure across the school. Reading champions go back to class to discuss new ideas and ask for any suggestions.