Reading has a high profile in our academy and is taught from the very start of a child’s learning journey at Roundthorn. Every day, throughout the academy, children listen to and share stories to develop their knowledge and understanding of story structure and to develop their vocabulary and understanding of language and grammar.

Reading is taught using books that are banded according to children’s developing skills as well as phonically decodable texts to support the application of developing phonic knowledge.  Guided reading lessons are taught daily from Reception to Year 2 to develop both decoding and comprehension skills.  Quality texts are used across the academy and children will move to whole class reading in Key Stage 2.

Children are given opportunities to practise their reading in school, both for instruction and enjoyment, including adult supported Early Morning Reading, DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) and in Breakfast Club.

Year groupFrequency of adult supported reading 1-1
EYFSMinimum weekly for all.

3x a week for children not on track to reach GLD.

Year 1 – Year 3Minimum weekly for all.

3x a week for identified children on interventions. (Reading recovery, FFT, BRP)

Year 4 – Year 6Minimum fortnightly for all.

3x a week for identified children on interventions. (FFT, BRP)

The book fair visits every year and children are encouraged to read daily at home.  We have a range of intervention programmes, including Reading Recovery, delivered by specially trained staff to help those children who may need extra support with reading.

At Roundthorn we believe that children should encounter an environment in which they are surrounded by books and other reading material presented in an attractive and inviting way.

The teaching of reading at Roundthorn will ensure that children learn to read independently and with enthusiasm, both for learning and for pleasure. They should read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them.

We aim for children to be ‘Primary Literate Pupils’ by the end of Key Stage 2.

They should be able to:

  • Read with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct.
  • Show an interest in books and read for enjoyment
  • Have an interest in words and their meanings and develop a growing vocabulary
  • Understand a range of text types and genres
  • Develop the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses.

– Reading guidance for Parents document –