Reading at Diamond Academy

Learning to read is one of the most important things the children in our academy will learn. Everything else depends on it, so at Diamond Academy we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read well.

We want every child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

School Library

We are currently investing a great deal of time and money into revamping our library and buying exciting resources to help every child be the best reader they can be.

The library is open everyday during breaktime and lunchtime so all children can spend time in the library finding books they will enjoy reading.

Each class also has a library lesson every week. During this session, the children have the opportunity to find new books, return books and spend time exploring the wide range of books we have in the library.

Every child can take out 2 books at a time. If parents/carers have given their consent, these books can be taken home to read.


Accelerated Reading

We use an online system called Accelerated Reader to help support your child in finding the right books in the library for their reading ability. Every child completes an online assessment every half term to identify the correct coloured book level for them.  The children are then told to choose one book with that coloured label on it. This book should be changed at least every 2-3 weeks.

The children are given 20 minutes a day to read in class. During this time, they can read independently or with an adult. This time is also set aside for completing book quizzes which match the book they have read.

Parents have access to information generated from the book quizzes at Renaissance Home Connect: The school office have copies of each child’s username and password if parents/carers do not have a copy.

For more information about Accelerated Reader, please read the parents’ guide.

Reading at home

What can you do to help?

Every child is expected to read for 15 minutes, 5 times a week as part of their homework. By making sure every child does this, they will become better readers and therefore, better  writers and spellers. This will also support them in accessing the rest of the curriculum.


Every child has been given a reading record to record what they have read at home.


If a child has a yellow reading record it means they still need to be heard read by an adult or older sibling. Once they have finished reading, a short comment needs to be written down about how they read. This can be about their enjoyment, what they have improved on or what they may have struggled with.


If a child has a green reading record, it means they can read independently and then fill in a section of their reading record on their own. It is still important to ask your child questions once they have finished reading independently to help develop their understanding of a range of texts.  


For further ideas about how to support a child with reading at home, please the Supporting your child read at home leaflet.


Some children still need support in reading individual words and will need support with sounding out the individual sounds in words. We currently follow the Ruth Miskin Read, Write, Inc phonics scheme. There are several videos for parents on the website: