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How We Teach Reading

Carefully chosen, high quality texts support the development of our children’s reading skills. These are taught explicitly in all year groups. The use of whole class texts also supports the development of decoding and comprehension skills.

Class authors are carefully selected to give children a wide range of experiences. These include past laureates, BAME characters and stories with familiar settings.

All staff are encouraged to read to the children regularly to ensure that they are familiar with both traditional and new texts. A designated reading time is set each day where staff use props, story bags and storytelling techniques to bring books to life for children.

We want the children to develop a love of reading for pleasure and we do this by ensuring our school library is well-stocked and well organised and ensuring that there is a welcoming reading corner in every class.

Daily reading takes place in key stage 1 where a range of strategies are taught. Some of these strategies include:


Guided reading – Reading is taught through dedicated, accurately planned sessions during which children are taught the skills to become confident, independent and motivated readers. Skills we teach include: application of phonics to decode words, self-correction, self-monitoring, reading for meaning, retrieval, prediction and inference.

Independent reading – Our well designed book corners are used as a sanctuary for independent reading and a place for children to develop their love of books

Paired reading – A time for children to share books together. Fluent readers support less fluent readers as a way of encouraging cooperation and supporting peer-assisted learning.

Reading comprehension – From reception to year 2 comprehension takes places in all classes. We start with simple retrieval questioning and build up to inference and prediction skills. At Hall Green we use a range of texts and genres to support children’s comprehension skills.

Talk for writing – Our English lessons and high quality texts help children develop their reading skills through talk for writing. We learn to retell stories using drama and story mapping whilst discussing language and the structure of stories. 

Take a look at our reading environment around school

Our Brilliant Book Schemes

The children will learn to read through a wide range of different reading schemes which are accessible in all classes. Starting with phonetically decodable books right the way through to chapter books, we choose high quality books to meet the needs of our children.


Reception - Dandelion readers - phonics reading series used in phonics sessions to support teaching of sounds and for Guided reading for the more able from spring term.

Collins Big Cat - individual reading books sent home - letters and sounds based to support phonics. We also have Big Cats books that are not letters and sounds that support which sight vocabulary, contextual and picture clue strategies


Year 1

Dandelion readers - phonics reading series used in phonics sessions to support teaching of sounds.

Rising Stars Rocket Phonics – fluency book should be decodable according to their phonics ability. Your child should be able to read this on their own.

Rising Stars Comic Street Kids - books to support their reading and phonics. Adult support can be given if needed.

Lighthouse – This book should be read with an adult to support. Remember to read to your child if they find the words difficult.

Year 2

Collins Big Cat – fluency book should be mostly decodable and build children’s pace and quality of reading.

Oxford reading tree – guided reading book – this is usually slightly more challenging than the fluency book but is used for discussion and to challenge children’s comprehension and inference skills.

Children bring home their reading record books each day and are expected to read one of their chosen books to a grown up at least 3 times per week. To support with this we will often write targets and summaries of discussions which we have had with children in guided reading sessions.



We have developed target stickers with a reading target and an idea of how you can support your children with this at home.


As a way of motivating children our ‘Reading Planet’ scheme was set up. This involves children moving up each planet every 5 times they read at home until they got to 40 and reach the sun. They then get a certificate and prize in assembly and they scheme relaunches every half term. It is a way of motivating the children and parents to read at home and encourage reading for pleasure.

A second parent meeting takes place in KS1 to share expectations for reading and further encourage home reading. Teachers share ideas and tips for reading at home and distribute focused reading skill question cards that can be used at home to aid comprehension and inference skills.