Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School


Donate books for our children

Would you like to donate new or ‘as new’ books to our children? Would you like to know which books are top of our list? Would you be willing to help spread the word using social media? Ask away and we will contact you ASAP to help boost the reading material throughout Thomas Jolyffe

If there was only one thing that you were able to do with your child today - reading a book would be a shrewd move. The shared experiences, chances for closeness and opportunities for discussion when reading mean it is often a magical time for parents and children alike.


At Thomas Jolyffe we aim to capitalise on that same magic feeling. Our Reading strategy is based on the Power of Reading scheme by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE). This aims for all children to have access to the highest quality literature to help embed a wide variety of Reading skills.


These principles are based on the belief that:


  • A child has a right to be literate and to enjoy literature.
  • Texts that engage children and support developing literacy are hugely important and beneficial.
  • Practice is underpinned and supported by robust classroom-based research.


Alongside this at Thomas Jolyffe we have our flagship ‘learning to read’ scheme powered by Accelerated Reader. (A short video guide is located here) Our Infant and Junior Libraries are both organised to allow children to progress in their reading using this scheme. 

Nowhere else in the work a child does at school is it clearer to see the breadth of their life experiences, their reading, their understanding and their empathy. At Thomas Jolyffe Primary we strive for our children to leave school already equipped with all the tools they need to be able to write successfully for the rest of their lives.


As well as the Power of Reading short-burst written challenges mentioned in our Reading section, we use a writing scheme at the very forefront of modern teaching methods. The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’ as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.


Further information is available from the Talk for Writing website here 


‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’