At Pyrcroft Grange Primary School reading is given a high priority in our curriculum as it is the ability to read and understand which opens up learning for children.


· Reading is prioritised to allow pupils to access the full curriculum offer.

· To build a curriculum which develops a love of reading to help pupils know more and remember more.

· To develop learning environments which engage children and encourage them to read both independently and with their peers.

· To build a language rich school by exposing the children to high-quality texts and explicitly teaching them vocabulary.

· To identify, understand and remove barriers to learning for all children, regardless of their backgrounds or starting points, so they become confident and successful members of the wider community.


Early Readers

· We strive to develop the full potential of all our children, so they become confident, literate readers. It is essential that they have secure phonetic knowledge to decode unfamiliar words. Phonics skills are necessary to developing competent and assertive readers. The school follows the systematic approach through Phonics Bug and Phonics Shed.

· Children read texts matched to their phonic development and introduced to appropriate common exception words.

· Children are encouraged to re-read texts enabling them to read familiar words at a glance and therefore develop fluency in their reading.

· Children will be taught explicitly any unknown vocabulary to support fluency and understanding of the text.

· Children become aware of print in their environment and match pictures and words.

· Through the sharing of high-quality texts with adults’ children will develop the comprehension skills needed to understand language, story structure, vocabulary and themes.

· Children will have opportunities to apply both decoding and comprehension skills throughout the school day.

Whole School

· Children follow a personalised reading scheme that is varied to meet each individual child’s reading needs. Using a wide range of books and the online reading tool Bug Club allows the children to read books that engage them and foster a love of reading.

· Through guided reading lessons, we teach explicitly comprehension skills based on a VIPERS approach using a range of texts and genres.

· Children are given the opportunity to read material linked closely with other areas of the curriculum.

· The teaching of high-quality vocabulary is prioritised in the school reading curriculum.

· Assessment for learning drives the teaching of reading

· Within the school, there are a range of stimulating reading environments, including a reading bus that promote reading for pleasure. Close links are established with local libraries.

· Children are encouraged to discuss the books they have read and a “Book Swap Phone Box” develops children’s curiosity in genres and authors.

· Each classroom has a selection of books which are directly linked to the class topic. This offers opportunities for the children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum.

· Children are read high-quality texts each day by the class teacher.

· There are a range of reading initiatives/awards in place for regular reading.

· Close relationships with parents are essential and parents are invited into school to read with children and explore how they can support their child’s reading development at home.

· Monitor children’s reading progress termly through the summative assessment tool Pira.


· Children can fully access the whole broad and balanced curriculum.

· Excellent reading standards are achieved through a progressive, engaging reading scheme

· Children have the comprehensive skills to discuss the texts they have read and debate key issues.

· Children have developed a thirst for reading and use this essential skill to step into their next phase of education and have a curiosity about the world around them.

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