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Reading Spines

It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading and a confidence to explore their imagination.

We want our school to be a place where children are read to, enjoy listening to high quality books and share their enjoyment of stories through discussion. These ‘essential reads’ are a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind. This is the ‘Reading Spine’. We have provided the Pie Corbett reading spine in our classrooms so that children have access to these high quality texts.

Our Reading Spine is one element of the approach we take to foster a love of reading in our children.

Pie Corbett says…
Great books build the imagination. The more we read aloud expressively, and the more children are able to savour, discuss and reinterpret literature through the arts, the more memorable the characters, places and events become, building an inner world. A child who is read to will have an inner kingdom of unicorns, talking spiders and a knife that cuts into other worlds.
The mind is like a ‘tardis’; it may seem small but inside there are many mansions. Each great book develops the imagination and equips the reader with language. Great stories speak to us as individuals and some children will return to certain books again and again. Great stories also build our language because around 75 per cent of our vocabulary comes from our reading.

To find out more about the reading spine for each year group, please click on the images below.