Dairy Meadow Primary and Nursery School


Hello! My name is Miss Spilsted and I am currently Reading Lead at Dairy Meadow.

Why I enjoy my area of subject responsibility:

I have always been an enthusiastic reader and I have to give credit to my incredible parents for instling the importance of reading from a young age. One of my favourite parts of being a teacher is reading a class novel with my children. Entering the world of a novel with my class is so special because we can all share our thoughts, ideas and opinions about the characters or plot. I’m currently reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with my Year 6 children… I can remember when my own teacher read it to me for the first time! I truly enjoy when children become completely lost in a book and I enjoy seeing the same passion for reading across the school.

What I want to achieve in my subject area:

My vision is for our children to develop “a love of reading well” and to continue building a community of readers at our school. I want all of our pupils to unlock the power of reading and see where it takes them! We have already achieved turning our library into a space to nurture a love of reading, and even have some KS2 pupils who use it as an independent reading space during lunch time.

As well, I have introduced a new Guided Reading model. The purpose is to build our pupil's love of reading and bridge the gap between reading and writing. The strategies created to answer questions during Guided Reading will become skills used when writing their own stories and text. 

Finally, my goal is to bring books to life and allow pupils and teachers to connect with the text and develop the motivation to read independently. Readers are leaders!

 Things to celebrate:

We have had already had so many amazing opportunities for our children. Some of these include:

  • Visits to local Dominion Centre library
  • Scholastic book fair
  • Starting a book club for higher-achieving readers
  • Visits and workshops from diverse authors including Banji Alexander, Gareth P. Jones, and Sufiya Ahmed
  • Celebrating World Book Week with a dress up day and teachers reading to pupils

 I’m already busy planning some exciting events for Summer Term! A goal I’ve made is to work with Miss Nessa (Writing Lead) to enter competitions to continue building our community of readers and celebrating our future authors.