Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.

Reception slots

Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am

Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm

Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am

Nursery slots

Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am

Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am

To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to

Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.

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Time Spent Reading

Time spent reading

The importance of daily reading practice cannot be overstated. Recent studies indicate that when students spend at least twenty five minutes a day reading suitably challenging books which they successfully comprehend (demonstrated by achieving 90% or more on the reading practice quiz), then they will achieve optimal reading age growth. This is the power of personalised, daily practice. Indeed, the top five percent of students read, on average, about forty minutes a day.


Did you know that if a student is reading for only fifteen minutes in total a day, then research shows that this actually leads to a drop in reading level? Daily reading is time well spent. An independent study has shown that after just twenty two weeks on the programme, children using Accelerated Reader daily, will add an additional three months onto their reading age.


What should my child aim for?

We set individual time targets for every child. These usually start from twenty five minutes a day. Your child's teacher will ensure that their target is known. Using the information behind the scenes, teachers are able to see the average number of minutes a child has spent reading each day; this allows teachers to celebrate successes and encourage and support pupils who are struggling to meet their recommended reading time.