Reading at Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Primary School

At Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Primary School, we use a wide range of strategies to promote a child’s love of books. We hope to encourage children to become confident, independent readers. Children are provided with many opportunities to read, enjoy and share books as well as being exposed to a language rich environment, which provides access to many different types of print.

Reading at school takes place in a variety of ways.

The includes:

Shared Reading Guided Reading Personal ReadingFocused Reading Tasks
Children working with challenging text.Children working in small groups with text selected by teacher at the instructional level. Children working with self-selected material including familiar text Children working individually, in groups or as a whole class to use and apply their reading skills to complete a range of tasks

When hearing children read individually

  • The teacher/TA makes references to general rules/strategies
  • Children spend time practising and rehearsing, but little time being taught
  • The teacher/TA is able to make useful assessments


What is guided reading?

  • The teacher works with a small group of children who are at the same developmental stage of reading; Guided Reading can take place as a whole class reading activity
  • The teacher selects an unknown text that provides just the right balance of support and challenge
  • The teacher reminds the children to use a range of reading strategies
  • The teacher uses questioning and other strategies to develop comprehension, including modelling of key skills


Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them to learn and read. Phonics runs alongside other teaching methods to help children develop vital reading skills.

We teach phonics every day in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. Daily phonics sessions cover the following:

GPCs (grapheme-phoneme correspondences): this simply means that children are taught all of the phonemes (sounds) in the English language and the ways of writing them down (graphemes).
Blending: children are taught to blend sounds together by merging the individual sounds until they can hear what the word is. This is a vital reading skill.
Segmenting: this is the opposite of blending. Children are able to say a word and then break it up into the phonemes that make it up. This is a vital spelling skill.
Meaning making: during the phonics sessions, words with focus sounds are also ‘built into’ sentences so that children are developing an awareness of sentence construction, as well as an understanding of the meaning of a range of words, so developing an ever-increasing vocabulary.

Reading Schemes

At Kirk Ella St Andrew’s Primary School, we have a range of reading books that have been combined to make our reading scheme. This is using colour bands to take them through the school. Books are changed each week in KS1, where children follow the scheme and reading progress is reviewed regularly by teachers.

The scheme includes fiction, non-fiction and poetry books which are carefully selected to match reading levels and interests. We strongly encourage the reading of books that children are interested in and encourage children to supplement the reading books from school with others from home. Parents are key partners in children’s learning and are requested to write a comment in the reading record book. The class teacher also writes comments in the reading record book following Guided Reading sessions.

At Kirk Ella St Andrew’s we nurture a love of reading for all different purposes, whilst giving our children all the tools they need to enable them to read well.

For more information on the curriculum please contact us here in school or go to national – curriculum