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Irk Valley Community School


The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Our Reading Curriculum

At Irk Valley, pupils have opportunities to undertake guided, shared and independent reading throughout the school.


In Early Years, each child will take part in a weekly guided reading session. This progresses to a daily guided reading session in Key Stage One. Children in Early Years and Key Stage One also receive a weekly one-to-one reading interview with an adult.

In Key Stage Two, children receive a daily whole-class reading session. They also have a reading interview with an adult at least once every two weeks.


At Irk Valley, a diverse range of staged reading books are available. We do not use any one published scheme to teach reading: instead, we believe that it is important to provide pupils with a wide range of reading books and texts from different genres and subject matter. This is so that we can provide the children at Irk Valley with the opportunity to have as many different reading experiences as possible.

Reading Schemes

At Irk Valley, we use a range of home reading book schemes. This is to ensure that our children experience a wider range of texts from a variety of authors, genres and styles. 


We use the following schemes:

- Oxford Reading Tree

- TreeTops

- Collins Big Cat

- Rigby Star


Home Reading

We encourage children to read at home for at least 10 minutes every day, and to get their reading record signed a minimum of 3 times per week. Please help to support your child's reading development by listening to them read as often as possible and signing their reading record to show their teachers how often they are reading at home. Thank you.