Reading has a high priority within the curriculum and we promote a love of books and reading as soon as children enter Reception. We have a rich range of books across the school, and across the curriculum, and enjoy regular visits to our local library which is adjacent to our school. Events such as World Book Day are celebrated each year to raise the profile and enjoyment of reading, in addition to other special reading mornings and character days.

Phonics & Early Reading

Children begin their reading journey on entry to Reception and teaching phonics is the first important step in learning to read. Our teaching and learning is based upon Read Write Inc, which is a systematic way of teaching how to link sounds to letters, and blend them together to read. Phonics is taught daily from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2, for guidance on the pronunciation of sounds see the video below.

Reading at Home

All children can change their home reading book as often as they like. It is expected that children read at least five times per week with an adult at home.

Shared Reading

Teachers model the reading process as part of lessons throughout the curriculum and ensure that children are challenged in their understanding of texts through questioning and discussion.

Whole Class Reading Using Literary Leaves (Years 2-6)

The Literary Leaves are a suite of book-based comprehension resources for Y2-Y6 designed to support teachers with the teaching of reading, using whole books, rather than extracts. They are created for use in a whole-class reading session or a guided reading session when the skills of reading comprehension are being taught.  

Each Literary Leaf has 10-20 session notes, with each session focussing on a particular skills, ensuring that children secure these deeply. In many cases the same question stem is used several times to ensure the teacher can model how to answer this type of question, before the children have the opportunity to apply it themselves.