The ability to read confidently is a key life skill, but also brings personal enjoyment and pleasure. The essential characteristics of a successful reader are:

  • Excellent phonic knowledge and skills
  • Fluency and accuracy in reading across a wide range of contexts throughout the curriculum
  • Knowledge of an extensive and rich vocabulary
  • An excellent comprehension of texts
  • The motivation to read for both study and for pleasure
  • Extensive knowledge through having read a rich and varied range of texts

As well as daily phonics sessions the children in Y1-Y6 take part in daily reading sessions. During these sessions a variety of activities take place including individual, paired and group reading. Teachers carefully plan structured activities to develop the skills of the children in their classes. The focus is on developing children’s decoding and comprehension skills, as well as their enjoyment of reading. The younger children are allocated reading books from the school reading schemes (currently ‘Jelly and Bean’ and ‘Oxford Reading Tree’) and the older children are encouraged to choose a variety of books from our school library.

During the day there are opportunities for older children to read quietly and develop a reading culture. This is supported by teachers, of all classes, reading stories at the end of the day.