Teaching of Reading


Early Years

We love to read in Early Years!

In nursery children are encouraged to use our three reading areas: we have a quiet reading corner in the classroom, a book box full of fictional and non-fictional texts relating to the outdoors in our Early Years’ garden and a library in the cloakroom where children can choose books to take home and share with their families.

We are lucky to have a set of 30 story bags which include all include at least 2 fictional and non-fictional books, toys and activities. Children choose a story bag to take home with them every other Thursday and we ask for their safe return the following Monday.

In reception children take home reading scheme books to share with their families and we ask parents to for their views about their child’s reading and choice of book.

Earlier this Summer we held our first ‘story sharing week’ in nursery which was a huge success. Parents and grandparents came to read their favourite stories to the class and we were so overwhelmed by the response that we are making this a regular event every term throughout Early Years.

In nursery and reception reading takes place every day through whole class activities and small group tasks. We engage in Guided Reading and encourage children to think about their choice of book and talk about some of the important features of fictional and non-fictional texts.


The focus for reading in KS1 holds true to the wider school aim of developing strong reading skills whilst fostering a love of books.

Children in KS1 access a range of recognised reading schemes including Oxford Reading Tree and Big Cat. We use the national colour book banding to group texts of similar level whist giving the children a chance to select a book which interests them.

As children move through KS1 they are introduced to guided group reading sessions. This works by putting together a group of children with similar reading levels; allowing wider discussion around a text to improve key skills such as comprehension.

Throughout KS1, children are grouped for a daily focussed phonics session (using Letters and Sounds). These phonics groups are smaller in size to allow strong readers to be challenged and less confident readers to be supported at a pace that is appropriate to them.

The following booklet will be useful if you are looking for ideas to further support your childs reading at home:-

Reading with your child at home booklet


During KS2, we want to make sure that children at High Spen become independent, fluent and enthusiastic readers who read widely and frequently.

Firstly this means building upon and consolidating children’s development in KS1. We work to ensure their decoding skills are secure and that they can read accurately and at a speed that is sufficient for them to focus on understanding. We work closely with families to support children’s progress. We also plan focused, individual or small group intervention in school when children need it.

As children develop through the Key Stage, they develop their understanding and enjoyment of stories, poetry, plays and non-fiction. They develop skills in reading across a range of genres and subjects and learn to share and justify their views about what they have read. Key skills are taught primarily in regular Reading Workshop sessions but also through other curriculum areas too.

In KS2, we keep up the ‘buzz’ around reading that begins in Early Years and KS1. We introduce new authors and exciting texts in class, develop children’s own reading choices and preferences in Home/School reading journals and give children access to new reading material in our class book collections and flourishing school library.

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