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Sandfield Close Primary School


Reading at Sandfield Close Primary School

We love, love, love reading at Sandfield Close Primary School! We promote reading passionately in all year groups. We are fortunate to have a rich stock of books which we share with children. We aim to always place reading first as we believe that if children can read then they can access the rest of the curriculum and it will prepare them for life beyond the school and for the literate world around them.

We focus heavily on learning to read in EYFS and KS1 and then move to reading to learn in Y2 and KS2 where our focus is on developing comprehension. Teachers design comprehension questions based on national curriculum requirements. Please see the progression of reading skills on the right.

We follow the reading requirements from the National Curriculum and we share their aims, to ensure all children:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.

We teach reading every day with small groups of children. We also teach reading through Reading Aloud across the whole school which has proven to be very successful.

As well as having books that are differentiated to match reading abilities, we also teach reading using a variety of resources. We teach reading through using First News – A newspaper for children, through reading comprehension cards, through poetry, through a wide variety of non-fiction texts and through reading quality texts.

Wherever possible, we promote reading across the curriculum, linking reading to all subject areas and work closely with the library service.