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At Woodside Academy, reading is a top priority and is a key driver for our curriculum. Therefore, we have a Reading leadership team comprised of the English Lead, Phonics Lead and Early Years Lead.


It is our intention to ensure that by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.


We therefore intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop: knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live; to establish an appreciation and love of reading; to gain knowledge across the curriculum; and develop their comprehension skills. We are committed to providing vocabulary rich reading material so children are exposed to a wide variety of texts.


At Woodside Academy, we are passionate about reading.

Book Week 


Our Book Week is one of the most popular events of the year and each summer we encourage every child to join in the Big Summer Read with an inflatable obstacle course as a reward for all those who participate. This usually results in our school having the highest uptake for the read in the whole borough. Our extension enabled us to extend and restock our library which has a parents and child session after school every Tuesday. We regularly take children to Chadwell St Mary Library, have termly book sales and encourage children to read at home regularly.

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