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At Ashbourne Primary School, reading is at the heart of all we do! From daily reading, phonics, group sessions and buddy reading, we strive to make reading enjoyable and an intrinsic part of the lives of our young people!



Premier League Writing Stars –  Poetry Competition Well done to Julia in year 6 who won the Premier League competition about Beautifully Different, Wonderfully the Same! She was presented with her award in a special assembly on March 21st.

15th-21st Book Fair

Our book fair has been an amazing success! Every evening the fair was fit to bursting with children and families searching for a new book and a bargain! We’ve raised an amazing amount for school too! Thanks for all your support.
Well done to our book fair competition winners: Edith in Reception class for her brilliant colouring, Lexie in year 4 for her brilliant Harry Potter bunting and our runner up Zac in year 5 for his ‘Fing’ bunting. We had entries from nearly 250 of you! It was hard to pick a winner!


March 7th – World Book Day

This year we celebrated World Book Day by sharing a story in our pyjamas – we read the opening of Aliens Invaded My Talent Show and we laughed our socks (or slippers!) off!!! We shared a story in assembly then in our own classes and snuggled up with a book.


Poetry off by heart

Year 3 and 4 have been set the challenge of learning a poem off by heart as part of our Whole Class Reading sessions. We experimented with volume and expression, rehearsed in groups and added actions. Here is 3/4O’s version of Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat’

Year 1 and 5 Reading Buddies

Year 1 and 5V have joined together this term to create a reading buddy session on a Wednesday afternoon. It is wonderful to hear so many great discussions about the year 1 reading books and to get to know a new friend from another key stage!


Years 3/4/5 have implemented whole class guided reading! We read whole books, parts of books, non-fiction and poetry in these sessions. We read silently, read together and in groups and get to practise our reading skills!

What the children say about whole class reading :

Liam in year 5 says “My confidence is improving! I get to learn new words like chalice!” Year 5 are enjoying Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz.

Izabela in year 4 says she loves “quick fire questions and playing fastest finger!”


Book Fair September 2018

September’s book fair was another huge success. Thanks for all your support. We’ve made £600 to spend on books in school! Here are the winning entries for our competition. I’m sure you’ll agree we have some very talented readers!


Wow! We have so much going on with reading! Whole class guided reading is taking off in KS2 and we are loving story time at the end of the day! Look out for updates on the progress of our buddy reading paired classes – 1H and 5V! Also, keep an eye out for our poetry championships in the new year!


Book Fair Competition Winners

Here are the 5 winning entries – as you can see we have some very talented artists and writers!

Friday 9th March – Ashbourne Primary’s Book Day!

We ‘Snuggled up with a Book’ for Book Day this year! Here are a few photographs of the children enjoying time with their books!

Free e-books from Oxford Owl

If you are in need of a book, register for free to access 250 free e-books that are tablet friendly – you can filter books by age or book band!


Book Fair letter link

Book day 2018

Watch out for:

Ashbourne Primary’s Summer Poetry Championships!

February 2018 News:

Ashbourne Primary’s book day Friday March 9th! This year’s theme is ‘Snuggle up with a book’. We are dressing in our pyjamas and enjoying lots of books!

Bring a buddy sessions will run that week as follows for you to come in and enjoy a book with your child!

Monday 5th March
9-9:30 Reception class, year 1 and 2  ‘Bring a reading buddy’

Tuesday 6th March
9:00-9:30 year 3  ‘Bring a reading buddy’.

Wednesday 7th March
9:00-9:25 year 4  ‘Bring a reading buddy’.

Thursday 8th March
9:00-9:25 year 5  ‘Bring a reading buddy’

Friday 9th March
9:00-9:25 year 6  ‘Bring a reading buddy’
Book fair opens at 3:15 until 3.45pm

Book Fair Competitions

The winner of each competition will win £10 to spend at the book fair!

Infants – colouring – See Mrs Shaw or Miss Davis for entries

Juniors – Illustrator – design an illustration from your favourite book or 100 words – write a short story!

Accelerated Reader

Years 4, 5 and 6 have kicked off on our new reading programme and are loving it! In only 7 weeks some children have read over 1.5 million words and taken 20 quizzes! The aim is to increase confidence and enjoyment in reading and for children to monitor their own progress too!


Phenomenal Phonics

Our daily phonics lessons are an integral part of learning to read at Ashbourne Primary School.

Here are some of our infants showing off their cluster skills!



Reading and Phonics Statement

Supporting your child at home

Booktrust poster

Parents guide

Speaking and listening