curriculum – reading

Through reading, pupils are introduced to new vocabulary that can then be used in their own writing and speech.

  • Reading sessions take place across KS1 and KS2 daily during a 9am – 9.30am slot to ensure a consistent approach to reading across school. This session ensures daily opportunities for children to apply their decoding and comprehension skills (linked to reading domains) independently through the use of whole class reading (10 minute text), smaller group reading activities, phonics activities and 1:1 reading.
  • In addition to daily reading sessions, a whole class weekly reading session is planned as part of our literacy planning and focuses comprehension skills such as the year group reading learning objectives or reading content domains. This lesson may be linked to the whole class novel study approach developed/trialled in school from September 2017
  • 1:1 reading takes place across school, mainly in FS2 and KS1 and through the use of reading volunteers/interventions.
  • Year group learning objectives and reading content domains are used to inform planning and AFL during reading.
  • There are a wide range of books available throughout school for children to choose and take home. These are colour coded to help children choose and to allow teachers to offer guidance. The coding follows the National Colour Banding system and links to the National Curriculum. Books available are both ‘real’ books and ones from a reading scheme, which aims to develop a more structured approach to reading. The School Library provides a wide range of information and reference books. A weekly ‘lending’ session is scheduled to begin in the summer term and will be available after school for all children and their families to access. The books are organised on a simplified Dewey system.


Bug Club Reading

  • An interactive Bug Club reading tool is active for all children, and is used by teachers as part of whole class reading/comprehension lessons and small target group work. Bug Club is also as a home reading/family support for reading tool, and teachers set weekly reading homework using these tool in order to support children’s independent reading, de-coding skills and comprehension. Bug Club is used as a reading engagement and reward strategy as well as an assessment tool, and children take part in ‘Wild About Reading’ assemblies each week to monitor and celebrate their success reading via Bug Club.
  • Class teachers also access a range of visual literacy tools such as film shorts, TV clips, adverts, news reports etc. to engage children and allow them to apply reading skills in a range of contexts.
  • There are also a range of Big Books and interactive books available for use throughout school. There are many Internet Sites that support reading, including the RGFL Espresso resource. A whole school reading improvement programme, Project X, is sometimes used as part of adult led reading sessions.  A range of topic books, magazines and other fiction books are readily available within each classroom.  Further sources of reading materials are available from the Schools’ Library Service at Maltby Library Headquarters and Aston Community Library.


Examples of questions that children encounter and are encouraged to explore can be found on this page. They are known as content domains, signifying key areas of reading understanding that are explicitly taught to children in all years.