Reading at Park Hill Junior School

Our Vision


At Park Hill Junior School, we believe in creating a culture of reading throughout our school through the sharing of book recommendations, reading displays and year group libraries. Half-termly reading assemblies and reading events such as the Scholastic Book Fair and visits from authors and illustrators promote the ethos that everyone is a reader. 

Pupils have daily guided reading sessions which focus on a specific reading skill: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation and retrieval. To promote the use and enjoyment of non-fiction texts, we have adopted a ‘Non-fiction Friday’. In this weekly session, children explore factual texts through the use of textbooks, technology and child-friendly newspapers, whilst making links with their year group theme.  

Children explore, read, evaluate and discuss texts through a whole-class reading approach. This has enabled children to have a more in-depth understanding of an author’s intentions, evaluating the power of language as a group, exploring links between texts and developing a culture of sharing ideas. 

Throughout a pupil’s time at Park Hill Junior School, they will have encountered dozens of high-quality texts from a range of authors and genres, equipping them with the confidence and enthusiasm to continue reading for pleasure later in life. 

Our Curriculum

What is taught:

We aim to develop children’s ability to read by promoting a love for reading that they will make them life-long confident readers. Enjoyment for reading is at the heart of what we do. Pupils should understand and enjoy a wide range of literature from around the world, including classic authors, non-fiction and poetry.

How it is taught: 

We have a structured reading scheme, consisting of a wide variety of books for early, independent and more competent readers. Home involvement is encouraged using pupils’ planners. We use the ‘Accelerated Reader Program’ to structure and assess pupils’ reading across the school.  Parents can access this information from home.

The Power of Reading teaching sequences are used in class to develop children’s ability to understand how writing is used to produce a variety genres in literature and writing styles.

A wide range of reading books are kept and accessible to the children in our iHub. All year group areas/ classrooms have attractive books and provide an engaging learning environment for the children. Pupils can access the accelerated learning programme through their iPads.

Guided Reading sessions take place daily across all year groups, following a structured timetable by which six key reading skills are taught explicitly: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summarising. In these sessions, children listen to good examples of reading and are given opportunities to read aloud, providing them with time to practise intonation and expression as well as the skill taught that day.

Accelerated Reader

Click here for the AR Booklet.

Accelerated Reader parent log on link

Please use the following link to access your child’s Accelerated Reader quiz results.  Once logged in you can enter your contact details to receive their quiz marks via email.   To log in you will need to use your child’s school log in details.


You can also use AR BookFinder ( to search for book titles that are linked to AR. This can be a useful tool to check if any books you have at home/read from the library are linked to AR and conduct an advanced search to generate book lists that contain titles based on the criteria you enter, such as Book Level, Interest Level and Fiction/Non-Fiction.

Aspirational Readers

Each half term teachers will select a child from their class who has proven to be an aspirational reader.  The children will be awarded with a special tie to wear for the half term and also a badge for them to keep permanently.

Adults around the school will be looking for these qualities in their Aspirational Readers:

  • Engaging with a range of books
  • Aiming to meet their targets on Accelerated Reader
  • Achieving well in their Accelerated Reader quizzes
  • Being caught reading without instruction (at appropriate times)
  • Choosing their books sensibly (challenging themselves)
  • Showing improvement in their reading skills
  • Being enthusiastic during our Guided Reading sessions
  • Recommending books to others

Link to reading websites