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Our children develop a passion for reading and are hungry for books!

Reading for pleasure is encouraged through author visits, the annual book fair, the ‘Bedtime Story’ evening and World Book Day celebrations, which include ‘The Big Read’ and fancy dress for all. As individual readers, the children have daily access to a wide range of quality texts to share at school and at home. Regular Guided Reading sessions in small groups provide further opportunities for children to learn and apply their skills and strategies, developing confident, accurate readers who understand their own reading.

In school, we have a well-resourced Library, which is open to every child offering high quality books promoting an independent approach to learning and reading. The efficiency of the Library is a credit to Mrs Dickens, our Librarian, and the Year 6 children who help her. Independent reading is further encouraged through Bug Club resources for which every child in school has their own personal log in. Despite curriculum pressures, our teachers share whole texts in story time sessions as this is something we value and treasure.


Reading is Fun at Ivy Bank!

Ivy Bank promotes reading for pleasure at every opportunity.  Every year we celebrate World Book Day with fancy dress and our 'Big Read.'  The children run a Book Fair which raises hundreds of pounds for new books for our fantastic school library. We also invite authors in to school to show children just how exciting reading and writing can be. These have included Andy Cope, author of the 'Spy Dog' and 'Spy Pup' series of books, Rachael Lindsay, author of Warrior Troll, and Jason Beresford, author of 'Frozen Fish Fingers'. Such visits inspire and support the children in the writing process as well as encouraging them to read more. 


Recommended Resources

On the active-learn website, you can access Bug Club resources allocated to your child by their teacher. Here you will find whole texts for your child to read which are perfectly matched to your child's current reading ability.  Encourage your child to complete the quizzes and tasks so that reports on how your child has understood the text are sent to the teacher. You can access the Active Learn website by clicking the logo below.

Use Espresso to access free resources to help your child with their reading. Click on the Discovery Education logo below to access their website

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The links below will take you to some of the best resources in Espresso.

Key Stage 1

Early Years


Key Stage 2

Books to share

Comprehension - Lower KS2

Comprehension - Upper KS2


Summer Reading

Please keep reading over the holidays - it really will help your progress when you return to school in September. Sign up for Macclesfield Library's annual Reading Challenge; there is always an exciting theme and rewards for reading too.


Try this site for more inspiration to 'keep reading':



The website links below will take you to a list of recommended books all children should read before leaving Primary school and other recommended texts for young readers:

KS1 Recommended List

Year 3 and 4 Recommended List

Year 5 and 6 Recommended List

UKLA Book Awards 2020 Longlists










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Ivy Bank Primary School

Valley Road Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 8PB

Mrs Sarah Gill | Headteacher

01625 448014