Reading is the gateway to all future learning and is an integral part of our overall curriculum.

“I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.”

Roald Dahl

Early reading enables children to acquire the knowledge of sounds to attempt to read any word they encounter with the goal of becoming fluent. Fluency is the key to enabling comprehension to occur, allowing children to access a wide and varied world.

“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise about the ordinary”

Jim Rohn

EYFS and Key Stage One

We partake in daily differentiated phonics to cater for all needs, giving the foundations of fluent readers. Through shared reading, we model fluency, expression and comprehension. Guided Reading focuses on a range of comprehensive skills such as recall, scanning and summarising of texts to ensure that all children leave Key Stage One ready for the next chapter in reading.

Key Stage 2

Building upon the foundations laid down in EYFS and Key Stage One, children in Key Stage Two broaden their reading experiences through exploration of a wider range of genres and authors. Guided reading ensures that children build a secure understanding of skills in order to comprehend the texts that they encounter throughout life. These skills assist children in making inferences, deductions and help them to rationalise their own experiences against those of others.

Our Reading Curriculum Implementation

The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each Key Stage are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progress.

Reading is split into the following key skills:

Distinguishing between environmental sounds

  • Phonics
  • Recall
  • Summarisation
  • Scanning
  • Inference
  • Deduction
  • Rationalisation

The value of reading

  • Reading as the gateway to access the ‘full curriculum’
  • Phonics and early reading
  • Everyday practice
  • Novel studies
  • Reading comprehension