Callowell Primary School


Reading is such an important part of schooling that we make it a high priority at Callowell. 

We use the Oxford Reading Tree which we supplement with Big Cat Collins and a variety of other modern and classic literature for our 'Free Readers'


How do we teach Phonics & Reading at Callowell?

At present, we follow  Letters and Sounds. In accordance with the Government's recent announcement on Letters and Sounds, despite high Phonics screening results and performing well above the national average in reading, we are encouraged to change to a full, validated Phonics scheme. We will be publishing more information on this when we have decided on a full scheme from the validated list. 

Our Reading Lead compiles newsletters to support teaching your child to read which you can view here. They are also on the Class Dojo.


Spring 2022

Whole School

Autumn 2021

Upper Key Stage 2       

Lower Key Stage 2

Summer 2021

Pre School and Reception

Lower Key Stage 2

Upper Key Stage 2

Spring 2021

Lower Key Stage 2        Upper Key Stage 2 

Winter 2020

Lower Key Stage 2       Upper Key Stage 2

Autumn 2020

Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1           Lower Key Stage 2         Upper Key Stage 2 


Each class in the school has a book corner where children are given time to explore both fiction and non fiction.

Please see some of the photos below of our reading corners...

Children at Callowell have had the opportunity to meet and write to authors. 

Please see images below showing our recent communications with Christopher Edge, Katherine Rundell, Robin Stevens and Michael Rosen. 

In Autumn 2021, we also got to 'virtually meet' Jeff Kinney, Jacqueline Wilson, Maddie Moate and Nick Sharratt. 

Promoting reading for pleasure at Callowell

Bedtime book box 

Feed and read 

Giving books as rewards 

Celebrating author days 

Teachers as readers 

Reading Clubs

Reading ambassadors 

Please see images in the gallery below

World Book Days

In March 2022, each class at Callowell re-did their class door, in the style of a book cover. Here are our creations below.