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Our philosophy

Here at Burnley Road Academy, we strongly believe that reading is an essential life skill and do our best to ensure our pupils are given the greatest, and widest, opportunities to develop their reading skills in the hope they will become life-long lovers of books and have the skills set to tackle everyday situations which rely on reading.

From the very start of school life, Burnley Road Academy aims to broaden pupils' experience of books- fiction and non-fiction, and this continues as our children mature through the school.

As their reading skills progress, we teach pupils to consider different ways of looking at a text, rather than just one.  They learn to compare these perspectives and begin to form opinions about them.  This change in reading from a surface approach (gathering facts) to a deep approach (interpreting) is essential in order to gain the most out of tasks and texts. 

Reading becomes not simply a way to see what is written but to recognise and interpret what is said, taking into account subtleties such as bias, assumptions and the perspectives of the author.

Paying close attention to how and why an author writes something opens children up to their perspective on life, which in turn enriches their understanding of the world we live in.

Ted Theaker, Deputy Head and Literacy Leader


Our reading progress spine

Each child is given a book to read from our reading scheme. Because of the variety of books in this reading library, we follow a colour coded banding system adapted from other well known schemes. The bandings enable the children to understand which level they are on and gives them the knowledge of where to aspire to as their reading improves. 

book band overview 2015(1)


Our library is made up of a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books for children to choose freely. Fiction boooks are arranged alphabetically by author and our non-fiction books are divided up into sections such as history, religion, arts etc. We also have an array of beautiful picture books to borrow.

Children are given the chance to choose from the library and scan out their choice by using the librarian laptop and scanner situated next to the books.

Parents are welcome to come along after school with their child and peruse our library aswell. Please feel free to sit on our comfy chairs in there and lose yourself whilst reading a story with your child. Or, if you'd prefer to read it at home, please just follow the instructions to borrow the book by scanning it out.

Tuesday Book Assemblies

On Tuesdays in asssembly, we introduce a new book or text type to all our children. Each week, these books vary in age groups and genres, fiction and non-fiction. We try to pick an appropriate book for the theme of the assemblies for the week and have found all the children enjoy listening to the stories told.

Below are some examples of books read. Ask your child which book was read this week.


Author visits

There is nothing more inspiring than having an actual published author visit school and work with pupils. That is why we are dedicated to regularly inviting authors to come into school and encourage, entertain and enthuse our pupils through assemblies and workshops.

We try to book a range of authors and  have found these visits have led to pupils reading more and, for some, it has been a inspiration to become an author.

Teachers also try to conect with authors who are doing live talks over the internet.

Visiting authors have included poet Paul Cookson, Dr Who writer Mark Wright, sports writer Tom Palmer, poet Craig Bradley and live broadcasts from Cressida Cowell, author of 'How To Train Your Dragon.'

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