It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Much more visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us or not! The trips that Mrs Glover & Mrs Sear have been putting together are a fantastic idea and hope they continue. I am extremely happy with Daniel's progress since starting at the Pre-School. He seems to have made a lovely group of friends and enjoys coming in every day. I can't wait to see him progress further. Senior & middle leaders know the strengths of their staff & deploy them accordingly. More tailored support for different groups of learners has been a really big & positive change. Thank you! The Headteacher has a clear vision for the school & her ambition for it to continue to make improvements is shared by her senior team & staff.

Reading across the school

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Early Years and Key Stage 1


Book Banding


The systematic and fast pace of our phonics teaching enables children to read words very soon after they start at Cliftonville Primary School.  Children who attend our nursery have covered some of the early phonics scheme, too, through rhymes, songs, ipad games, etc so have a real head start when they join their reception year.  Last year, we introduced a system called book banding which means lots of books from different schemes and 'real' books are colour coded by reading level.  Children are now reading a range of texts....not just books with, for example, Floppy and Chip (as lovely as they are!).  This also encourages our children to have an element of guided choice within a range of books so that they develop a love of reading based around their interests.  Teachers and teaching assistants work closely together to assess the children's progress through a process called 'benchmarking' and move them quickly and securely through the colour bands.


Our more able children will generally begin the Key Stage 2 reading programme (see below) once they are securely reading in Gold level.  We strongly believe in providing an individualised learning path based on ability and not solely a child's age or year group.





















Key Stage 2


Accelerated Reader


Children in Key Stage 2 develop their reading skills through a programme called Accelerated Reader (AR) which we have introduced in 2013-14. 


How does it work?

The children take a reading test on a computer.  This gives a reading range called their ZPD which is shown as numbers e.g. 2.3 - 3.4.  (The ZPD number itself does not match with their age or year group.) They then choose a book within this ZPD range and complete an online quiz testing their comprehension and vocabulary once they have finished the book.  The majority of our library stock and classroom book corners are all on the AR programme and we have spent over £8000 this year on new books.  Many books you have at home will be included as they have a quiz written for them.  Although children can only 'quiz' in school they can do extra reading at home by seeing if a home book is compatible.  Some parents have felt that their child's books seemed to get easier when they first start on AR - remember it's testing lots of skills such as their comprehension of the text, not just reading the words.  Try the link below for some titles you may have at home...


There are lots of benefits to AR:


no Children develop improved reading stamina because they have to finish each book

no Each ZPD has a range of texts: fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, poetry etc so children read a breadth of books

no The teacher has a very detailed understanding of your child's strengths and areas for development through the detailed

       reports that AR generates.  This helps in planning your child's next steps and targets

no Children report that they are enjoying reading much more 

no They love seeing word counts increasing, scores from quizzes improving & the number of books read quickly going up! 

no Children have made much more progress than in previous years; over half in each year are reading above their age-

      expected level.



"I didn't used to read much but AR has helped me. Now every time I go to Tesco's, I get my mum to buy me a  book."  Danny, Year 5.