Reading is at the heart of learning at Bowling Park and we want our children to love books. Our children become fluent readers, accurate researchers and creative story-tellers.

How we do it

Our children explore a world of books throughout their time at school. Children first learn to read in the early years of school through play, storytelling, songs and rhyme. From the best picture books in the world to the finest novels, from encyclopaedias to poetry and plays, children’s imagination and knowledge grows.

We are a story-telling school; children and staff enjoy stories together. They perform and tell stories confidently, clearly and passionately.

Our children and their families take part in many exciting experiences such as our own Festival of Stories. Our well-stocked libraries are inviting spaces that children and families love to visit.

Adults in our school love reading so they plan exciting lessons in which children learn to read and read to learn. We believe that being a good reader is the key to being a good learner.

The right book at the right time

At Bowling Park, our books are carefully banded with different colours. Each colour shows the difficulty of the book. Lots of book publishers have their own system for labelling books. Because we want our children to enjoy lots of different types of books, we have our own Bowling Park book band system, which is easy for our children to understand and also includes a range of genres and styles.

Our children move through the book bands at different paces. Book-banded books are carefully chosen by your child’s class teacher so that they have the right book at the right time. This helps them to make progress.

There are lots of things to think about when choosing the right book for a child. Sometimes a child can read all the words in a book but not fully understand what they mean. Therefore, they will continue on the same book band, while developing wider reading skills before moving on.

Your child’s teacher will be happy to help if you have any questions about your child’s book band.

What we achieve

As a result of their experiences at Bowling Park, our children are avid readers; they know that their ability to read is essential to a fulfilling and successful life. Our children know that good readers get good jobs. Children at Bowling Park are confident communicators; they use what they have read to express themselves and talk with others. Our children value and respect books; they understand that books are the key to their imagination and make them more knowledgeable.

In 2019, Key Stage 2 progress in reading was in the top 1% of all schools in country.