Staplehurst School


At Staplehurst School, we believe that reading is at the heart of everything we do. We strive to develop a passion for reading that lasts a life time. To develop reading skills of competency and depth, we are implementing a multi-layered reading approach that builds fluency and accuracy that can be applied to access extended texts. These skills are then used within close reading sessions whereby children are involved in purposeful analysis of a text, through rich discussion.

Reading texts, chosen by teachers, reflect a wide range of genres, cultures and subject matter. We are involved in the creative and innovative Power of Reading project, using up to date, exciting texts at the heart of our literacy learning.

Reading for pleasure is nurtured and celebrated and we carefully offer texts to support this within our classrooms. Children learn best when home and school work together and so parents are encouraged to hear their children read regularly at home.

Listed below are the key books that a teacher survey identified for children to read in each stage of their learning journey at primary school:

Please click on this link to access a video for Reading KS1 



Sooper Books - Free School library

Sooper Books has kindly donated all of their award-winning stories and audiobooks to our school. Please use the following links to access the stories and audiobooks free of charge from school or from home:

  • Bedtime stories — a selection of the world’s best 5-10 minute bedtime stories and audiobooks
  • Fairy tales — a selection of classic fairy tales retold in a modern and fun way
  • Sooper Series — a selection of original stories in episode format. Each episode is a separate 10-15 minute story
  • Rhymes & Poems — a selection of 3-5 minute funny rhymes
  • Aesop’s fables — a selection of 3-5 minute moral tales, retold in a fun and modern way


Staplehurst School

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