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We expect every child to leave our school as a fluent, independent and reflective reader who is confident to talk about books and authors. They will find pleasure in reading and seek out books that widen their horizons and take them on incredible adventures.

We recognise that reading is the core skill to everything that children do. It is integral to our school curriculum and a fundamental life skill that impacts on the acquisition of knowledge.

Because of this, we ensure we:

  • Develop a consistent approach to reading across the school.
  • Develop children’s skills in both word reading and comprehension.
  • Encourage children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers through contact with challenging and lengthy texts.
  • Provide strong reading provision to develop children who read independently for pleasure and purpose.
  • Enable children to access a variety of high-quality texts that are engaging and exciting.  Enable children to appreciate their literary heritage and their own place in the modern world.

How we teach reading

  • Reading is taught in daily 30-minute sessione. Each session combines metacognitive approaches with explicitly taught learning behaviours to promote purposeful, independent reading. Children focus on a different reading strategy each week.
  • Sessions are dedicated each week to teaching children reading strategy. In these sessions, teachers will recap or introduce a text, context and vocabulary, model the strategy through think aloud and talk partner discussion, and check for understanding through oral or written assessment.
  • Independent reading sessions provide children with the opportunity to apply their learning to their own choices of text. Children practise the strategies they have learnt through questioning and discussing their reading with other children.
  • During sessions, all children are expected to participate by listening and responding, making use of resources provided to guide their discussion of literature.
  • Texts to develop reading skills are well-chosen to ensure they link to wider curriculum themes and develop children’s comprehension skills.
  • Books in the reading corner are linked to the learning happening in the classroom to encourage children to independently read around whole class texts.
  • Children are expected and encouraged to read at home every day. Reading diaries log reading activity, including pages read.   
  • Effective CPD is available to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and knowledge are maintained.
  • Assessment is informed by formative assessment, verbal feedback and teacher assessment against National Curriculum statements.
  • Summative judgements (Working Towards/Working At/Working Above age-related Expectations) are recorded each term following the use of NFER tests to assess the children's learning. Results are discussed at pupil progress meetings and in end of year reports for all pupils.
  • At the end of KS2 pupils will sit Reading SATs papers. These results will be used to validate teacher-assessment judgement in Reading (Working Towards/Working At/Working Above age-related Expectations).
  • A love of reading is promoted through: vibrant and inviting book corners in classrooms, bedtime story videos, staff sharing a story with the class at the end of each day and through regular library visits.
  • Whole school themed events raise the profile, as well as promote a love of reading, e.g. National Poetry Day and World Book Day.
  • Effective use of author visits (in-person and virtual) are planned, to enrich and enhance learning experiences and to develop children’s cultural capital in reading. 

The impact of reading

Our pupils leave primary school with:

  • High levels of engagement in reading sessions and improved independence when reading.
  • Increased motivation to read for pleasure. Children enjoy reading and can link their reading with their own cultural experiences and the wider world.
  • A richer vocabulary and the tools to engage in more meaningful dialogue around books.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.