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At Calcot Junior School we believe in developing a reading culture throughout the school by creating welcoming reading corners containing a wide range of quality texts, attractive book displays and material relating to our current topics. Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and understand the importance of reading as an essential life skill.
Our coloured banding reading scheme follows a clear progress through the levels of reading. Children work through the scheme at their own pace with the freedom to make their own reading choices. Children are assessed on an on-going basis as well as formal assessments at the end of every term. If your child experiences any difficulties with developing their reading skills, then extra interventions will be put in place to support their progress
Different types of reading experiences take place over a half term. These will include individual reading, guided groups, shared reading and  reading diaries. Children are also encouraged to read about their current topic and there is a weekly session for them to change books in the school library.
Parents and carers are an integral part in the children’s reading journey. We encourage the children to read at home on a regular basis and communication between home and school is recorded in a 'Reading Record'. 
Throughout Key Stage1 and 2, we follow the National Curriculum for Spelling, with some children continuing to follow the  phonics and spelling curriculum from Year 1 & 2 for additional support in Year 3 and throughout other year groups, where required.


  • Severe Weather Newsletter

    Please read our Severe Weather Newsletter for 2019/2020

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  • Nursery Places Available

    We have some spaces available in our Nursery for September 2019. If you are interested please call the school and we will be happy to help you with your enquiries.

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  • Young Carer's Awareness Day 2019

    On the 31st January is Young Carer's Awareness Day.  Current figures are that 1 in 5 secondary children have a caring role.  The figures are 1 in 10 for children under the age of 10.

    A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. They will do many tasks like:

    Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework or shopping.

    Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.

    Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.

    Personal care, such as helping someone dress.

    Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.

    Helping to give medicine.

    Helping someone communicate.

    Looking after brothers and sisters.

     If you would like more information as to how to help a young carer. Please click on the link below.

    West Berkshire Young Carers website

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