We Love to Read!

Reading Newsletters

To keep up to date on all of our reading challenges and fun, check out our half termly Reading Newsletters below.

Individual Reading

At least once a week your child will be listened to as they read by the class teacher or teaching assistant. We have a range of Fiction and Non-Fiction books which the children choose. The children will be asked questions to check their understanding of the book. We like to write comments in the children’s reading records and we encourage parents to write comments in these books when they have heard their child read too. Reading books are only changed when we think the child fully understands the book they are reading, We use a range of reading schemes to support individual Reading such as:

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Bug Club
  • Phonics Bug

Guided Reading

As well as individual reading at least once a week, teachers also listen to children read during Guided Reading. These are  daily Guided Reading sessions where the children read a range of books, both fiction and non-fiction to their class teacher. The children complete a range of activities during their daily Guided Reading sessions, and spend 1 session a week reading with the Class Teacher. We have a range of reading schemes for Guided Reading to ensure we offer our children a breadth of reading material. These include:

  • Bug Club
  • Collins Big Cats
  • Oxford Reading Tree


We are proud to work with a charity called Intergen which facilitates retired / elderly people coming into school to read with the children. They form great relationships and allow children to be heard reading regularly.

Reading Initiatives

Strive 4 5 – Pupils receive a raffle ticket when they ‘Strive 4 5’ each week by reading daily at home. They then are put into a drawer to win a brand new book.
Book Spine – Each class has a book spine which consists of a range of high quality up to date texts. Reading book titles have been recommended by Salford School Library Service and Chorlton Bookshop.
Promoting our love of reading – Each classroom has an update on what the staff are reading and their recommendations.
Reading Newsletters are sent out each term and promote reading activities and new titles.
World Book Day 
World Book Day is a huge celebration at St. Hilda’s. Children dress up, decorate the school, and (most importantly!) read some fantastic books in both our school library and as a class
This years theme is bedtime stories

Bug Club

What is Bug Club?

Bug Club is a finely-levelled reading scheme, which ensures that all children can find books at exactly the right level for them. What’s more, there are online versions for every printed title and a personalised website for each child. Follow the link below to find out more about the benefits of Bug Club.

For parents: What is Bug Club and what are the benefits? – Bing video 

Have a look through some of our fabulous resources below for helpful tips and learning materials you can use at home!

Book Marks
Children receive a bookmark with prompts on to support parents when they are reading at home with their child.