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Subject Lead: Mrs S Perry

At Lingey House Primary School we believe that reading is one of the most important things that your child will learn at school. Every subject depends on reading so it is vital that we promote the importance of reading to enable children to become successful learners. As a school we have invested a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm into reading, underpinned by a rich book environment that promotes a life-long love for reading. One of our key aims is to ensure that pupils are taught to read to enable them to not only become independent learners and love books but also to enable them to access the wider curriculum. 


Developing a Love of Reading

At Lingey House we want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves because they enjoy it. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as learning to read. We strongly believe that reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children so we ensure a regular restock of our well-resourced library with an extensive selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. As well as exposing our children to a wide range of texts in school, we have developed links with our local library. Each class visits the library each half term. We run regular reading competitions and take part in events such as World Book Day.

Our approach to reading is based on developing the essential reading skills through phonics. Once this has been embedded we then extend and develop our children's reading skills. We dedicate three weekly reading sessions to focus entirely on the teaching of reading, during which time the children are given a range of activities that take forward their learning, comprehension and fluency skills. During these sessions, children will read a range of classical and modern fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts with a good level of complexity. This is to ensure children's comprehension skills are being challenged and to expose children to a range of texts so they can become well-rounded readers. We also dedicate time daily to Accelerated Reading. If you would like to know more about Accelerated Reading please visit 

Pupils' reading is formally assessed regularly using Star Reading and key performance indicators to identify their progress. This produces data which gives a reading age and a zone of proximal development (ZPD) for each child. This indicates which book band colour the children should be choosing from and which Accelerated Reading book is the right level to be reading. Children choose their own reading books from Year 1 onwards to suit their interests.

We aim to develop a love of reading and therefore encourage our pupils to take books home and share them with you. Children need to be able to read with understanding, for pleasure and information. We have found that just ten minutes of one-to-one reading at home with an adult can make a huge difference to the children. Therefore we ask you to include this as part of daily homework each evening, stating what has been read in the reading record. For more support on how to help your child with their reading, please see the downloadable resources below.


Online Reading

Below are some websites you can use to access free online reading resources.


Read free e-books using the following link. Just register and read. Enjoy! 


This website recommends books for you children's interests. There are also lovely ideas and follow on activities that you could do with your child after reading the story.


Click on the link to read books for all ages. Which one is your favourite? Why? 


A fantastic website with games and activities to do.


Click here to access a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books to read.


Test your knowledge of books from Harry Potter to Roald Dahl books. Good Luck!


Another free website with e-books.


Join Gateshead Library

Joining the library is easy, free and you don't need to live in Gateshead. You can join online and this will let you borrow up to 10 eBooks and 6 eAudiobooks at a time straight to your phone or tablet. You can sign up online by visiting the link below: 



  • BorrowBox can be downloaded free of charge from your app store
  • Borrowbox has over 900 eAudiobooks and over 3600 eBooks for you to read. New titles are added every week.
  • They have books for all ages and interests.
  • You can borrow up to 10 eBooks and 6 eAudiobooks free of charge for 3 weeks.
  • There are no fines as books are returned automatically at the end of your loan period.
  • Once you've finished reading a book, you can return it before the end of the 3 weeks. 
  • You can renew your eBook or eAudiobook twice. You will be prompted to do this.
  • You may be disappointed that the book you want to read is currently on loan. However, you can reserve the title and you will receive it on the date that the book is due to be returned. You may even receive the book earlier if it is returned before the due date.    

The library also offer a Ring and Read service. This allows you to collect books from a library, or if you are shielding, have them delivered to your doorstep!