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How we teach Reading

Reading is vital life skill and we are passionate about encouraging our children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers. Through contact with interesting, challenging, high-quality texts, we aim to develop both reading comprehension and reading for pleasure.


  • Our library stock is constantly reviewed and updated. Reading books are book banded and levelled according to the Reading Recovery Guide to Book Selection.
  • All children read to adults in school on a regular basis. Our support staff and volunteers who are supporting reading in the school are trained as reading partners.
  • A progression of comprehension skills are taught throughout the school using the Reading Detectives scheme and a focus on each specific Assessment Focus.
  • Reading is encouraged throughout the school day in the following forms: Guided Reading, DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), Story Time and Reading Comprehension lessons.
  • We all have Planners in which we record our own reading and the reading we do with others.
  • Benchmarked testing is carried out at least 3 times a year. This ensures that all children in the school read texts that are at the appropriate level. 
  • Children identified as needing extra support also benefit from Reading Recovery, which is a high quality intervention working with the lowest achievers aged 5 years 9 months to 6 years 3 months.