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Our Vision
At Alston, we aspire for all children to leave our school with not only the ability to read but with a life-long passion for reading and an enriched vocabulary.  It is our belief that all children should be equipped with the skills and strategies required to read a book fluently, confidently and with great comprehension.  All adults at Alston strive to develop children’s imagination through an embedded culture of reading for pleasure; we recognise that reading is a life skill that allows children to further enhance their knowledge and understanding of the wider world and that a love of reading can ignite a breadth of interests, passions and the curiosity to explore.
Reading at Alston

All members of staff recognise that reading is a fundamental skill used to stimulate children's imaginations and to acquire a love for books. Reading influences the thoughts, feelings and emotions of all our learners. We carefully monitor the children’s reading at home through the use of Reading Record books and encourage parents to be fully active and engaged with us in order to support their child’s ongoing development. Reading lessons are planned and delivered in line with the Leigh Trust Reading Policy, teaching all of the skills and strategies to ensure children leave Alston with the ability to read and explore a wide variety of texts. If children are working below their chronological reading age, targeted intervention and support is put in place to develop fluency and build comprehension skills.
Children in all classes have access to story time which is delivered by our energetic and enthusiastic adults: this ensures that reading is correctly modelled to children to support them with developing their own fluency skills, as well as giving them the opportunity to enjoy being read to! 

At Alston Primary School, we encourage pupils to develop a love of reading by having a well-stocked library, high-quality home reading books and book selections available in each classroom.  All adults recognise the importance of nurturing a culture of reading for pleasure at our school by actively striving to inspire children to read and by providing a wide breadth of opportunities related to reading; this includes regular book talk, recommending texts, participating in a number of annual themed days, reading regularly, competitions, rewards and a focus on the author of the moment.  
We actively promote the services provided by local libraries and organise themed events within school, including World Book Day, Roald Dahl Day, National Storytelling Week and the ‘Caught Reading Challenge’.  Several Year 6 children take on the role of junior librarian to support our school librarian with promoting reading and the love of books through recommendations, competitions and demonstrating how to access the library.


At Alston Primary School, we recognise that writing is integral to all aspects of life and we mindfully endeavour 
to ensure that children develop a lifelong, healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards writing. ‘Young people, like adults, write to communicate, to make meaning, to sustain and negotiate relationships and to get things done. In the process they portray themselves in specific ways.’ Cremin, T. (2016) 


By recognising and nurturing all children as writers, creating a stimulating writing environment, employing appropriate resources and pedagogies, we are determined to provide all pupils with an exciting and meaningful writing curriculum which will allow learners to recognise their full potential and develop their: 
•    oracy 
•    literacy 
•    creativity 
•    independence 
•    inquisitiveness 
•    enquiry skills 
•    confidence 
•    self-expression 
•    communication 
•    voice

We encourage children to foster an enjoyment and love for writing. Our children are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop, extend and deepen their writing composition and transcriptional skills in and across each phase of education.

To find out more about writing at Alston Primary School, please see the documents below: 

We use the Letter-join handwriting scheme.


Handwriting / LetterJoin | Alston Primary School