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How we teach Reading at Binstead Primary School:


When children first join us, in Reception and Year One, we follow the letters and sounds framework to concentrate on pupils learning phonic sounds and blends. We use ‘Jolly Phonics’ as the basis of our systematic teaching of phonics. In the summer term of Year 1, pupils take the National Phonics Assessment which informs us of their achievement level.


Phonics teaching continues in Year 2, and some KS2 pupils may also continue with a phonics programme to further develop their phonics awareness and decoding skills if necessary. In KS2 we use Rapid Reading as a reading intervention programme and Toe by Toe’ and ‘Stareway to Spelling’ for further reading and phonics development.


KS1 and Lower KS2 have a range of colour-banded books from Oxford Reading Tree which enable early readers to progress at appropriate levels. These are also supplemented with books from other reading schemes, such as ‘Story World’ and ‘Barrington-Stokes’. Pupils begin reading with age and stage appropriate texts that enable them to practice their reading skills, and as their confidence and ability to decode words increases, they move on to reading longer and more complex sentences and texts. Once all the colour-bands have been completed, children move on to reading age-appropriate reading books (fiction and non-fiction).


Children read individually to the teacher and teaching assistants, as well as participating in guided group reading which gives them the opportunity to discuss texts with peers, guided by an adult. In addition, children in every year group are expected to take home reading books (together with their reading record book) to read with an adult at home on a regular basis.


This is advantageous throughout KS1 and KS2 as the level of discussion about the text and their understanding of it should become more sophisticated. Research evidence* by OU Press shows that children who read to an adult at home and discuss their reading with them achieve more highly than children who do not. OU Press have produced a 6-point plan for reading:

  • Make time to read together (10 minutes is enough).
  • Choose a wide range of different types of books.
  • Take turns to read.
  • Talk about the book/characters/events – ask questions.
  • Pay attention to the language – check understanding of words and phrases.
  • Enjoy reading together!


* After a year of extensive research, in September 2013 Oxford University Press published a report which revealed:

Many parents stop reading with their children from the age of 7 – even though experts believe that just 10 minutes a day throughout the primary school years can make a dramatic difference to their educational attainment.

44% of 7-11 year-olds are rarely (or never) read to at home. This is despite the fact that nearly half of “reluctant readers” of this age said they would enjoy reading more if their parents read with them.

The biggest single indicator of whether a child is going to thrive at school and in work is whether or not they read for pleasure.  Young people who read outside of class are 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.


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