Here at Bentley High Street Primary, we understand the importance of reading and the impact that quality teaching of this can have on a child's future.

Our goal is that every child who is with us experiences a wide range of literature to help develop their curiosity and interest in the wonders on what reading has to offer.

We ensure that the teaching of reading is done through texts that capture the children's imaginations and we will always help a child who requires additional support.

You can find out more information about how the school aims to teach reading and our justification for this on the document below.

Intent, Implementation and Impact of Reading

We value the importance of teaching children to read for pleasure. The more a child reads then the more words they exposed to and the greater their vocabulary becomes. In turn, they are then better equipped to articulate themselves and make greater advances in their writing. There are many ways to encourage children to read for pleasure and the following document outlines why this is crucial to children who attend primary schools.

Reading for Pleasure


At Bentley High Street, we are passionate about our school library and realise how fortunate we are to benefit from this facility. At the beginning of each academic year, children in KS2 are encouraged to apply for the role of a school librarian. These children are responsible for the day-to-day running of the library, such as its tidiness, signing books in and out, and even sending out late slips! 

All the books in our school library have been included in the Accelerated Reader scheme where possible, and also banded into different genres and text-types to help children find their ideal book.

In the library we promote different authors and celebrate children and teachers reading for pleasure through creative use of our displays. We also use the library to host a weekly reading-club where children share their thoughts and predictions on a shared text.

Story Magic

Every year we welcome Story Magic into our school who bring a wonderful energy and passion to KS1 and KS2 with their productions. Our pupils absolutely love the retelling of classic stories such as Pinocchio and Jack and the Beanstalk, and the performances always inspire children and highlight the importance of reading for pleasure. The productions are always able to entertain the children whilst carrying the message that reading has become the 'hero' of the story. We always look forward to the return of the Story Magic team!

Buddy Reading

Once a week every child in school has an assigned classroom where they go for one of the half-hour reading lessons. In this class, there will be a mix of children of all ages and the premise is that they are able to read with somebody who they may not necessarily know or would not normally read with. Here children of all ages are able to share their stories and take turns to listen to one another. 

School Visits

To help promote a love of reading within school, we aim to bring inspiration and fresh ideas from others within the education community. This can be a real-life context, where members of the public with genuine experiences related to a topic children are engaged in, come into the classroom and share their stories in order to help children with their writing. We also encourage and enjoy local talent who visit classrooms and connect with children in an imaginative way that in turn inspires them with their own writing or their desire to read.

Reading Ambassadors

To help our school promote all the wonders that reading stories has to offer, we recruited Reading Ambassadors. From each year group, we selected two children from a host of volunteers for their creativity input. Together, it is our aim to spread our enthusiasm about reading to not only children in the school, but also the wider community. 

Video Links Ages 3-5


When a Dragon Comes to Stay

Look Up

Everybody has a body

Shark in the Park

We're going on a bear hunt


Stick Man

Video Links Ages 5 -7


The Marvellous Moon Map

The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom


Grandad's Island

The Bumblebear

Barry the Fish with Fingers

Once Upon a Wild Wood

Video Links Ages 7 - 9

How to Train Your Dragon

The Boy who Grew Dragons

You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

Gangsta Granny

The Great Chocoplot

Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief

Sam Wu is NOT afraid of the DARK

The Apprentice Witch

Video Links Ages 9 - 11

Murder Most Unladylike

Charlie Changes into a Chicken

Artemis Fowl

Orphans of the Tide

Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes

The Girl of Ink and Stars

A Pocketful of Stars

Four Children and It

What we do to promote the Love of Reading
The Importance of Reading for Pleasure Website

If your child is in Key Stage 2 then they have been given an account on Accelerated Reader. This allows us to be able to make sure that your child has a reading book that is perfectly suited to their reading ability and offers the right amount of challenge. On a lot of books, there will be a quiz available which children will be encouraged to complete in school after reading a book. However they can also do this at home too! If they click on the link below, it will take them to a secure server which is specific to our school (and should look like the image below). They simply just need to then click 'I am a student', enter their log in details and click on Accelerated Reader. Your child will have had a demonstration on how to use this in the classroom, however if you need any help, please speak to your class teacher. 

You can view our expectations for different participants on Accelerated Reader below which may provide additional information.

Accelerated Reader Expectations

Reading Online 

We are pleased to share with you a wide range of eBooks that every child in our school is able to access. Simply visit this website, and use the below information to log in. Once online, you will be able to read hundreds of books on your electronic devices. If you experience any log in difficulties, please contact your child's class teacher.

Year Username Password
F1 bentleyf1 macphee
F2G bentleyf2g laycock
F2S bentleyf2s stringer
1G bentley1gg gilbert
1R bentley1r round
2W bentley2w waterhouse
2K bentley2k kidd
3A bentley3a adamson
3B bentley3b booth
4D bentley4ww drake
4F bentley4f fawcettd
5B bentley5sb brogan
5F bentley5f fearn
6P bentley6p pearce
6R bentley6r rhodes

We have separated all the documents that we use in to the following areas. Feel free to have a look. If you need to ask anything, just come into school and ask any staff member about reading.

Reading Documents

Reading Challenges

Have you read a fantastic story that you're not quite ready to leave alone just yet? In your reading planners you will find a wonderful range of reading challenges to complete about the books you have been reading. We have included the reading challenges here for you to have a look at too. 

Year 1
Year 2
Years 3-4
Years 5-6