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East Bergholt CEVC Primary School

'I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full' John 10:10

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 At East Bergholt we feel that developing a love of reading and a rich and deep understanding of language and vocabulary is a key factor in learning, development and future success.


During their time at East Bergholt, our children are continually encouraged to share our love of books and as a school we promote a positive reading culture and celebrate the magic of learning through books. To foster this we offer a library filled with exciting, high quality texts that are constantly being updated and developed to engage, broaden and stimulate our children’s love of reading, imagination and reading adventures.



At the heart of our curriculum is a rich and diverse literature spine. Pupils will read and share a wide range of ambitious texts throughout the day, including songs and poems, that are designed to promote a love of reading, build pupils’ vocabulary and encourage discussion and deep thinking about key moral, ethical, social or cultural issues.


Teachers bring reading to life and help our children to discover their inner reading voice through modelling in class how to bring reading alive. This is achieved through daily time-tabled whole class reading sessions in KS2 and Year 2 which involve children completing paired and echo reading as well as independent reading.


We teach early reading through the validated systematic, synthetic phonics programme 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised' which we have just purchased and implemented. Right from the start of Reception, children will have a daily phonics lesson which follows the progression for Little Wandle Letters and Sounds and this continues in Year 1 to ensure children become fluent readers. To find out more about this please visit our Phonics Curriculum page. 

Book recommendations

Please click on the link below to see books recommended for each year group.