Heathrow Primary School

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Heathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth Lane, Sipson, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0JQ

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At Heathrow Primary School it is our intention that our pupils foster a lifelong love of books and reading throughout their primary school life and way beyond. We immerse our pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination.

The school uses the 'Take One - Book' scheme developed by Just Imagine. The scheme exposes children to a wide range of texts by up and coming authors. The 'Take-One' framework is broken down into a hook, orientation, first encounters, digging deeper and reviewing and reflecting.


We have a clear, consistent, whole school approach to reading. Reading is closely linked with writing – the two activities reinforce each other. Children become successful readers by using a range of strategies to get to the meaning of the text. We believe literate children should read with confidence, fluency, expression and clear understanding. In order to achieve this they need to be taught the full range of reading strategies, including:

  • phonic knowledge (visual information)
  • grammatical knowledge (structural information)
  • word recognition and graphic knowledge (visual information)
  • contextual knowledge (meaning)


During Book Club sessions, teachers teach these skills and monitor pupils’ reading to allow them to:

  • Develop an interest in words and their meanings, developing a varied and rich vocabulary.
  • Read a range of genres in fiction and poetry.
  • Understand, use and are able to access information in a range of non-fiction texts.
  • Develop an interest in words and their meaning, developing a varied and rich vocabulary.
  • Read a range of genres in fiction and poetry.
  • Understand, use and are able to access information in a range of non-fiction texts.
  • Develop their own powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.
  • Discuss books with reference to author, illustrator, genre, theme and characters and express personal responses with increasingly fluency and confidence.
  • See the reading process being modelled by their teacher and participate in activities with the whole class, as a member of a smaller group or individually.
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary through which to understand and discuss their reading.
  • Show an interest in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate to justify their preferences.



We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. We measure this using a range of materials, whilst considering the age-related expectations for each year group. We intend that the impact of our reading curriculum will ensure our pupils are academically prepared for life beyond primary school and throughout their education journey.


In all classes in school, we promote reading for pleasure, and each class shares a class book during the week. If you would like some recommendations for what books to read at home, then look at our reading recommendations for each Year group below. We may look at some of these texts in class throughout the year. If you can think of any books we should add to our progression spine, please let us know!




If you like Beast Quest...                     If you like David Walliams...                If you like The Famous Five...




If you like Harry Potter...                          If you like Horrid Henry...                If you like Horrible Histories...  




If you like Jacqueline Wilson...             If you like Julia Donaldson...              If you like Michael Morpurgo...




If you like Rainbow Magic...                   If you like Roald Dahl...                       If you like Supertato...




If you like Tom Gates...                  If you like Diary of a Wimpy Kid...       If you like The Worst Witch...