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We are very lucky to have Harry come in to school to hear readers as part of the Read2Dogs programme devised by the Pets As Therapy Charity. The children look forward to his visits each week and he listens beautifully!

The Friends have very kindly donated some money towards buying some specialist books from Barrington Stoke which we are really excited about. Their website states……..

Barrington Stoke specialises in 'cracking reading', publishing super-readable children’s books that break down the barriers that can stop kids getting into reading. Our first-rate short fiction brings together the very best children’s authors and illustrators in the UK with a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads accessible to more children including those with dyslexia or visual stress.

We really hope this encourages more reading and a BIG thank you to The Friends!

Reading and Phonics at Chartham


At Chartham School we do not follow one particular reading scheme; we use a mix of texts drawn from various schemes and we believe that this provides the children with a breadth of experience. All books that the children have as reading books are graded by difficulty using  colour levels known as Book Bands; this method is used nationwide in many primary schools. Once the children are proficient, fluent readers and they have progressed through the colour bands, they begin to make choices from the school library.


Our children learn to read using systematic synthetic phonics and we follow the DfES Letters and Sounds programme throughout Key Stage 1. This learning is enriched using other schemes such as Jolly Phonics when class teachers feel it is appropriate.


Some useful websites:


There is further information regarding reading in the Inclusion section of the website and on individual class pages.

Picture Book Week July 2018


Picture Book Week was a super time for each class to base their work on a picture book chosen by their class teacher. The week started with a visit from a published author and it culminated in a mini exhibition where each class displayed their work for the rest of the school and parents to see. There was some very imaginative and creative work on display and it was so lovely to see the development of the childrens' learning from Reception to Year 6, along with such a variety of ideas. The pupils who manned their class stall were very keen to talk about their work and they were fabulous ambassadors. Thanks to everyone for a lovely week, and we hope that it helped to deepen the childrens' love of books.

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After a successful meeting with the parents of the children due to start in September, they were able to choose a book to keep and share at home. We hope that this supports our new pupils on their journey to becoming lifelong readers for pleasure!
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Thanks again to The Friends

Each term The Friends are kindly funding the purchase of some newly published books

which are refreshing library stocks. This time, the School Council helped Mrs Flewitt to choose what to get. There was much excitement and discussion around the choices and a good spread of ideas.

Book choices Terms 1 & 2

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Book choices Term 3 & 4

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Book Choices Terms 5 & 6
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Everyone is incredibly busy, finding time to read with your children can often be a challenge.  BookTrust have some fabulous ideas to help with this. Check out the BookTrust website:

How to find little pockets of time to fill with family reading.

If you are looking for help in choosing suitable books for your children to read then have a look at one of these websites, they are great for finding out about all things bookish! There are recommended book lists for different age groups, news and blogs and occasional competitions or incentives.


There are also super tips on how to read with your child, whatever age:



Time to Read


E books to read at home

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Log on to to find lots of fabulous E books. Just another way to keep up the reading mileage!


The children will use the website at school but you can create your own profile at home, it's free.

Enriching the English curriculum

Reading Diaries September 2017

Years 4 to 6 are trying out a new way to record their reading using plain notebooks. This means that they can respond to what they have read in any way they choose and make it more personalised. In order to kick start the trial the children could enter a competition to design a cover for their reading diary with a bookish theme. A winner was chosen from each class. Well done to Meredith, Megan, Grace, Stella and Asher - great designs!

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Thank you to The Friends

The Friends have very kindly agreed to fund the purchase of magazine subscriptions for the children to read in school. The magazines will appear in the library over the coming weeks and are another great way to get the children reading for pleasure. Ask your children what magazines they have been reading!


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Thank you - new books

Many thanks to parents and carers for their generous support at our School Book Fairs. We have been able to choose new books free of charge using commission that we have built up at each fair. These books are a wonderful addition to our Literacy resources and contribute to the childrens' learning.

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Picture Book Week -  March 2017

What a wonderful week the children have had exploring picture books specially chosen by their teachers. The work that they produced was so colourful and creative. The children swapped teachers and classrooms for a story session for a different experience and we even had an assembly with the traditional tale of The Enormous Turnip in French!


World Book Day 2017

We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as characters from Where's Wally? He is 30 years old this year!

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Picture 4 Every Friday we have Reader of The Week
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Picture 7 Reciprocal Reading
Picture 8 Each class shares their book choice
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Picture 10 Browsing at the Book Fair
Picture 11 Spending at the Book Fair
Picture 12 Celebrating The Summer Reading Challenge
Picture 13 Georgie's Summer Reading Challenge
Picture 14 Summer Reading Challenge
Picture 15 Maria's Summer Reading Challenge
Picture 16 Reading to Donkey from Shrek at The Marlowe
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Picture 19 We are champion readers!
Picture 20 Luke read to motor racing champion Tim Reeves
Picture 21 World Book Day competition entries
Picture 22 Visiting book seller for World Book Day
Picture 23 The winners!
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Picture 28 We had a visit from the BFG during Roald Dahl Week
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Picture 31 Dressing up for the finale of Roald Dahl Week
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Picture 44 Book browsing in the library
Picture 45 Do you recognise this teacher?
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Picture 50 Julia Donaldson is a focus author
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Picture 52 A reply from Julia Donaldson to Years 1 and 2.
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Picture 54 Interesting book areas
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Picture 57 Caught reading in the playground!
Picture 58 Early Birds Reader Club
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Picture 61 Book Lounge
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Picture 64 Cosy reading at Book Lounge
Picture 65 Three in a row at Book Lounge
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Picture 69 We have chosen our books
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Picture 71 It's the BFG
Picture 72 A Wonka Bar
Picture 73 Two Mike TVs
Picture 74 The Enormous Croc
Picture 75 Fantastic Mr Fox
Picture 76 Lovely Ladybird
Picture 77 Two Mrs Twits
Picture 78 What's that in Mr Twit's beard?
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Picture 80 Violet Beauregarde
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Picture 84 A trip to The Beaney
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Picture 87 Mr Jones loves books!
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Picture 91 Book Fair bunting competition Year 4 winners
Picture 92 Year 3 winners
Picture 93 Year 5 winners
Picture 94 Year 2 winners
Picture 95 Year 1 winners
Picture 96 Year 6 winners
Picture 97 Year R winners

World Book Day March 2016

Making the best out of

reading with your child  


  • Familiar books

Books that children have read more than once are considered ‘familiar’ texts, and are an important piece of the early literacy journey.  Reading books that are easy over and over again helps children to practise reading fluently, which means that reading sounds and not choppy or robotic.  It should sound like talking, with expression and intonation.  Children need to read familiar books many times before their reading sounds quick, expressive and like spoken language.  Good fluency leads to good comprehension, an easier transition to the next reading level and it increases confidence.

Remember, it is not necessary to have a new book every day and it is good if your child returns to a book that they have chosen in the past.


  • Take a sneak peek yourself before you read it together

This will enable you to give the child a brief overview of what the story is about, the characters’ names and activities and a sense of where to direct the pre-reading conversation to ‘activate’ related vocabulary and / or any prior life experiences that will help your child connect on an emotional level to the book.


  • Have a quick look through the pictures together before reading the book; talk about the story and the characters

Looking through all of the pictures prior to reading will give the reader a reminder of the entire story, from the beginning to the end, and will help him or her to predict what is coming up as he or she tackles the words and phrases on each page.  It also helps refresh the reader’s memory for new vocabulary and character’s names to avoid stumbling on them in the middle of a sentence.


  • Take turns reading

Your reading sets an example and the pace for your time together.  It also helps you get through more stories in less time!  Another perk? Reading comprehension.  An experienced reader can bring characters to life with exaggerated voices, sound effects and expression.  Another advantage of shared reading is that both partners can be listening to ensure that what is being read makes sense


  • Keep it short and sweet!

A parent knows their own child best.  Goal number one is to ensure an enjoyment of books and reading.  Light hearted fun, praise for a great time together and some laughter is a positive outcome.




 Reader of the Week


Every Friday morning, each class will pick a reader of the week. The award is not necessarily about being the BEST reader, but for displaying something which we feel is important ………….fluency, expression, segmenting, blending, reading more at home than usual, comprehension, etc! These children will be recognised in celebration assembly on Fridays, they will be awarded with a trophy for a week and a certificate to take home.


Helping your child at home - Reading and Phonics handout for Foundation parents