Reading At Victoria Dock

At Victoria Dock Primary School we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading skills. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and be able to talk about books and authors. Through their own reading, we hope that children will develop their individual tastes in literature and be able to understand and justify their own choice of books.

We teach reading from Foundation Stage to Year 6. This can be in the form of one-to-one reading with an adult, shared reading, guided reading sessions, cross curricular opportunities and independent reading.  In Foundation and Key Stage 1 we teach synthetic phonics and use Letters and Sounds to support this. We also use a range of other reading strategies to broaden children’s understanding, interest and enjoyment of reading. In Key Stage 2, as their reading develops, children are encouraged to read from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books.

All children are able to take books home to read with an adult, this shared learning will help children to practice their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.

As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own library full of exciting books. Children and parents are welcome to select books to share at home, building their reading skills and developing a love of reading through a variety of texts. Sharing books at home gives young children the opportunity to share a story everyday making the first steps towards independent reading. For older children, shared reading through the library will allow your child further opportunities to experience a wealth of text types that help to build their use and knowledge of vocabulary, sentence structure and text features that can be applied in their own work.

A love of reading is promoted through additional activities including author and poet visits; book fairs; an annual book day; paired reading; shared reading with younger children and parental reading workshops in foundation stage.


Here are a few hints, tips and resources that might help you in supporting reading at home.

Tips for reading at home

EYFS Recommended Reads

Year 1 Recommended Reading List

Year 2 Recommended Reading List

Year 3 Recommended Reading List

Year 4 Recommended Reading List

Year 5 Recommended Reading List

Year 6 Recommended Reading List