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Archbishop Cranmer CofE Primary Academy Striving for life in all its fullness. John 10: 10


Reading on a page

At Archbishop Cranmer, we want our children to leave school being able to read easily, fluently and with good, secure understanding, but also to develop a pleasure for reading widely and often. 

In Key Stage One and Foundation, guided reading is supported by our library of books from the Oxford University Press Project X reading materials, combined with other age-appropriate books. During Year 2, the children begin to learn the skills of Reciprocal Reading in preparation for Key Stage 2.

In Key Stage 2, the pupils have weekly Reciprocal Reading sessions which help develop key reading skills through enhancing vocabulary to clarify understanding of the whole text.

We use HeadStart Reading Comprehensions alongside this to develop and refine comprehension techniques through focussing on key objectives each week.

Each class engages in reading for pleasure and enjoy a range of class books, which are read by the class teacher. This promotes an atmosphere of engagement and relaxation for pupil wellbeing. Our Year 6 pupils have roles as ‘Reading Gladiators’ where they listen to the younger children read each week. This enables a deeper learning and role in leadership for the older children whilst offering additional opportunities for the younger children to read aloud.

Reading at home is recognised and celebrated in our values assemblies, where pupils can be awarded Christian Values for their weekly achievements.

World Book Day Story boxes

Reading In Action 2020-21

Virtual Breakfast With Books


Despite the global pandemic, we still want to read for pleasure together and share our love for reading with our school community! What better way to do it than with breakfast!!


What a lovely morning eating sausage cobs, reading our favourite books and having our parents join us for a live Zoom to share our class novel with us.


Reading In Action 2019-20

Reading breakfast with family and friends on World Book Day

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Reading Together Day


The aim of the Reading Together Day is to bring families, friends, schools and wider communities together – starting conversations, sharing stories, making connections, celebrating reading and most importantly, having fun! People of all ages are invited to take part in sharing the love of reading for pleasure, to help build skills, increase confidence, support educational attainment and improve wellbeing. 


If you missed our live Zoom, enjoy our animated version of Sharing a Shell written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Lydia Monks here. 


Reading Together Day