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Literacy Vision

At Mitchell Brook, we strive to embed a life-long love of language and communication by learning about literacy skills through the use of quality children's texts, books and topics that inspire and excite young readers and writers."


Literacy Aims  

  • For our children to become confident life-long readers, who love the world of books
  • For our children to be able to communicate meaning through the spoken and written word with confidence
  • For our children to enjoy writing and become writers for life
  • For our children to be proud of their writing in all areas of the curriculum
  • For our library to be used properly by all children

How we teach Reading at Mitchell Brook...

At Mitchell Brook, we have a strong belief that it is not only our duty to provide the provision for the teaching of Reading but we ensure that children develop a love of reading.  Encouraging children to read for pleasure supports them being a  ‘lifelong learner’ and this vision is at the forefront of our approach.

In Key Stage 1, children take part in daily Guided Reading sessions which are carried out in small groups, often lead by adults or can include independent activities. Our main focus is to ensure that children are developing their comprehension and decoding skills during their reading sessions.  Using the the National Curriculum objectives and the Oxford Reading levelled books, teachers are able to scaffold the children in their learning by stretching their depth of understanding within a text.

In Key Stage 2, children take part in daily Destination Reader lessons. This is an approach to teaching reading in which involves daily sessions incorporating whole class modelling prior to the children applying these skills through partner work and independent reading. Children deepen their understanding of the texts they read through the systematic use of a series of strategies and language stems. The approach encompasses the key principles of effective reading provision and fully meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. It also builds a culture of reading for pleasure and purpose.

Recommended Reading Lists 

Parents/Carers often ask what books they should read with their children at home.  Whilst there are no ‘rules’ as to what you should read, below are recommended reading lists for each year group, why not print the list and challenge yourself to read them all!

The most important thing to remember is enjoy and have fun while you read together.

Sharing a wide and diverse range of stories at home


In the linked documents below, there are a variety of online stories featuring Black and ethnic minority characters and a range of settings from around the world.


These are accessed using QR codes (an example is included in the image to the left) which can be scanned using a camera on a mobile phone/ device or a QR reader app.


~ These QR codes open the stories using YouTube.  We would strongly recommend that parents or family members watch these stories with the children so they can discuss the themes of the stories and ensure children are not using YouTube unattended ~