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People who cannot understand each other, cannot exchange ideas, and cannot communicate.  The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity’

 Neil Gaiman.

‘The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page.’

 Rachel Anders

“I wouldn’t be a songwriter if it wasn’t for books that I loved as a kid. I think that when you can escape into a book it trains your imagination to think big and to think that more can exist than what you see.”

Taylor Swift


At Long Mead, we are passionate to inspire readers for life, igniting in the children an intrinsic value for reading for pleasure that engages them with an understanding of the world around them and provides a spark to their imagination and creativity.  As such, we know that reading is a fundamental, enriching life skill.


We aim for all children to be able to read fluently and confidently and have good comprehension skills by the time they leave our school. In order to achieve this, we use a variety of teaching methods and learning opportunities in all subject areas.  Every class focuses on a number of quality texts during the year.

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