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Reading at Wirksworth Junior School


Curriculum Intent

At Wirksworth Junior School, our reading curriculum aims to develop pupils’ word recognition and language comprehension skills so that they become fluent, confident and critical readers. This, in turn, will enable our pupils to gain a broad knowledge of the world around them, providing them with the foundations for future learning. Most importantly, we will foster a love of reading, through sharing our own passion for reading, creating and embedding a positive reading culture throughout the whole school.


Our school motto is Creative. Caring. Curious. We make every moment count.

By exposing our children to high-quality literature and rich, ambitious vocabulary, we will provide them with the language they need to be able to express themselves and articulate their thoughts, feelings and ideas in creative ways. Our shared reading texts, books chosen to enrich our wider curriculum subjects and whole class reading for pleasure books have been carefully-selected to encourage our pupils to develop empathy and show caring towards the people and subjects they learn about. Reading is at the heart of our curriculum, which has been designed to ensure that our pupils are provided with opportunities to be curious, whether that be through introducing them to a wide range of authors and books or using reading to help feed their curiosity about the lives of others and the wider world.

Progression in Reading Key Skills

This year, The Summer Reading Challenge has gone digital!

When you visit the website, you will be asked to join the Silly Squad - a group of animals out to have fun and read anything that makes them happy, whether that’s stories, comics, joke books or factual books. The website is free to access and features games, quizzes, digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and families to take part in the challenge at home.

Derbyshire Libraries will be supporting the Challenge with lots of virtual activities including story and rhyme times, book reviews and craft activity ideas alongside its eBook and eAudiobook lending services. So what are you waiting for? Join the Silly Squad today by visiting the links below!

Happy reading :)