The Glebe Primary School’s Approach To Reading

Reading begins in EYFS when children are introduced to Letters and Sounds which is a systematic synthetic phonic programme. In Reception they look at Action Words which are used to teach High Frequency words. Children begin to read books which start with the most basic – one word on a page – and build up to being able to read whole sentences.

Books are taken home regularly but are read by a member of staff beforehand to ensure children are familiar with the words and story.

In KS1 children continue to work on Letters and Sounds. This takes place across Foundation Stage, KS1 and Lower KS2 every morning for twenty minutes when children are split into ability groups which are led by teachers and teaching assistants.

Reading is also overtly taught in Literacy lessons and across the curriculum, with teaching staff modelling how to read a wide variety of texts which children will work with.

Guided reading takes place which gives teachers the chance to hear reading, discuss new words, spelling patterns and check children’s understanding of the text.

Reading books are taken home three times a week, accompanied by a Reading Record book, which gives children and parents/carers a chance to write about the book and add any extra comments which they think are necessary.

The reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree but this is supplemented by many other books which have been levelled by staff. Children are aware of what reading level they are on and also which is the next level they aspire to.

Reading ages are checked at the beginning of each term using the Salford Reading Test. This enables teachers to monitor reading progress, and provide any extra support that may be needed.