At Stoneydelph, we want to give our children the best start by establishing secure foundations in reading. We want our children to be confident, fluent readers who have a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. We support our children to not only draw upon their skills, but also develop their imagination through a wide range of genres.
Mrs Hall is school reading lead and as such ensures high quality reading is taught across both Key Stage 1 and 2 to enable all children to make good progress. 
In Stoneydelph we promote the ethos that no child is a non-reader, they simply have not found the right book yet! Our aim is to support every child to start their reading journey through excellent teaching, high quality resources, engaging libraries and inspiring love to read areas in every classroom.


Stoneydelph Librarians

Our Year 6 librarians are keen to organise our school libraries, which not only ensures the smooth day-to-day running of our reading areas, but also helps them to develop a sense of responsibility, achievement and self-esteem. They are always on hand to support and direct their peers to chose a book perfect for their reading enjoyment.



  • To help in the library at set times agreed with the librarian
  • To shelve fiction books in A-Z order
  • To shelve non-fiction books in subject order
  • To keep a section of the stock tidy and in the correct order
  • To help with library displays
  • To help issue and return resources
  • To help repair resources
  • To help other students find what they are looking for
  • Any other jobs which help the librarian

Pupil librarians are

  • Reliable
  • Hardworking
  • Honest
  • Cheerful
  • Sensible
  • Enthusiastic

Pupil librarians also

  • Enjoy working with computers
  • Are willing to help others
  • Have an interest in books
  • Enjoy thinking on their feet
  • Enjoy helping other people
  • Have good communication skills
What does a guided reading lesson look like?
Teacher introduce text and read aloud - modelling intonation and pace
(10 - 15 mins)
Children read text and answer key questions with a partner
(10 - 15 mins)
Children complete follow up task
(10 - 15 mins)
Love to read - Free reading and library time
(15 mins)
Here at Stoneydelph, we attempt to follow this structure in all guided reading classes, working specifically on: decoding; vocabulary; comprehension and inference; fluency and pace.
Please feel free to browse our curriculum book coverage. These fiction and non-fiction text are linked closely to our wider curriculum topics, ensuring that our children read a variety of genres throughout both Cycle A and B.


 Carnegie Greenaway Awards logo


The Yoto Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s longest running and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

The Yoto Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. Pupils from our school have this year formed a shadowing group for these awards and will therefore be amongst the judges. We are looking forward to reading a variety of wonderfully written books and discussing our opinions and views on them as a group.

Unique in that they are judged solely by librarians, the roll-call of past winners includes: Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfeild, Sally Gardner and Elizabeth Acevedo for the Carnegie; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg, and Children’s Laureates Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne, Chris Riddell and Lauren Child for the Kate Greenaway.

A national (and international) reading for pleasure initiative, the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Shadowing Scheme engages thousands of children and young people in reading the books on the shortlist via reading groups in schools and public libraries with dedicated educational reading resources and promotional materials to support each shortlist. Each year young people who take part in the scheme are invited to vote for their favourite books to win the Shadowers’ Choice Awards, which are announced alongside the Medal winners at the annual winners’ ceremony. The Medals are awarded annually by CILIP, the library and information association and the Youth Libraries Group with longlists announced in February, shortlists on 16th March and the winners announced at a ceremony in June.

We will update you on the shortlist on the 16th March, as this will give you valuable insight into the high quality books that appear at this level.



Early Reading at Stoneydelph
Stoneydelph Primary School uses the scheme 'Read Write Inc' to teach pupils phonics and reading skills.
Miss Fox leads 'Read Write Inc' in our school. She runs a workshop in the Autumn Term for Reception parents to explain how phonics is taught in school - so that you understand what your children mean when they talk about 'Fred Fingers' for example! If you have been unable to attend the workshop or would like further information, please don't hesitate to contact Miss Fox.

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Your child will bring a book home to read that is changed each week. This book is linked to the text used in class that week. Reading this book regularly with help  build up confidence and fluency with their reading.
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We teach your children to read by teaching them 'pure sounds'. Click on the video above to learn  what a pure sound is.
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Towards the end of Year 1, your child will take part in the Phonics Screening Check to assess their phonic knowledge. Your child will make their way down a list of real and nonsense (alien) words. Click on the video above for more information.
Early Years and Key Stage 1 visit our fantastic library weekly where they enjoy story times and choosing their own books to take home.