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How We Teach Reading

Foxes Piece School is passionate about reading at school and we have a clear, consistent, whole school approach. We have teachers who have a passion for reading themselves and work hard to instil a love of reading and books with all our children. The photos above are some of the door displays made by children and staff in December 2020 based on a book of their choosing.


Pupils’ reading skills accelerate at our school because of the good teaching of linking sounds and letters (phonics), daily guided reading and the carefully targeted use of interventions with those who require additional support to accelerate their reading.


Reading is a very complex process which involves both accurate word recognition and good language comprehension – both are essential if children are to become good readers.


We teach reading through Guided Reading, shared reading, individual reading and comprehension studies as well as daily phonics lessons following the Letters and Sounds programme. We are proud of the range of diverse books within our reading spine throughout the school so children (in Year 6 for example) could one day be reading a classic such as 'Peter Pan' and then move to a more contemporary book such as 'High Rise Mystery' whose themes are crime, mystery, diversity and friendship. 


We have worked hard to create a whole school culture where reading is valued and we inspire every child to be a reader. All classes are encouraged to visit the school library to take home a book of their choosing. We also have visits in EYFS to the local library where the children enjoy becoming members of their library. 


Our School Reading Scheme


The school has designed a bespoke reading scheme that is based on colour bands as outlined by the Institute of Education. There is a large assortment of texts to ensure pupils’ reading is rich, varied and enjoyable. When children start to become 'free readers' (reaching the top of the reading scheme) we celebrate this and continue to encourage them to read a diverse range of books. This has been proven to extend their vocabulary and increase their passion for reading.