In Foundation Stage, we strive to foster a love of books, instilling a lifelong love of reading. Everyday, we share stories during our snack time and at the end of the school day. We also give careful thought to the texts that we select and share with the children throughout our topics. Through these texts, children develop and practice their oral storytelling skills and language, predictions and recall as well as joining in with texts that contain repetition, rhyme and rhythm.

Early Years provides the building blocks to the foundations of reading. It is the initial stage of providing children with the knowledge and skills to be able to decode words accurately as well as developing their understanding of texts. The children are taught to read through systematic phonics sessions following the Letters and Sounds scheme.

 In addition to this, teachers model how to be successful readers by tracking the text left to right, top to bottom and ways in which to decode new and unfamiliar words through whole class reading sessions. These sessions also focus on the development of comprehension skills. 


At Avonwood Primary School, we strive to ensure all pupils are confident and fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One; we believe that reading is the key to success and underpins all learning. Having high expectations and a consistent approach to phonics ensures children are given the best possible foundation for reading, writing and communication and language skills.

Phonics is taught daily following the Letters and Sounds phonic scheme. At Avonwood, we teach consistent, high-quality phonics sessions that allow for progression and continuity. We plan and deliver engaging and well-paced phonics lessons as part of a broad and rich curriculum.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage One developing a love of reading is at the heart of everything we do. Careful thought is given to the texts we select across the Key Stage. We aim to build on the excellent introduction the children have had to reading.  Year One children continue to read and share illustrated stories. These stories often used to build the bridge between reading and writing. Whole class reading in Year one takes place through during Phonics Sessions where the children continue to follow the letters and sounds programme. 

The children's phonological skills are tested at the end of Year One as they are nationally through the Phonics Screening Test. By the end of the year children are also introduced to Chapter books, which allows the children to enjoy a story over a number of weeks. The use of Chapter books is further developed in Year Two where the children read along with more challenging books in order to stimulate discuss based round predicting the plot lines, discussing the characters and making comparisons between authors. 

In Year Two the children are encouraged to become independent readers. Each day the children start the day reading their library books quietly to themselves. Comprehension skills are formally tested at the end of Year Two. In order that children are ready to undertake such testing they are given regular opportunities to answer more formal comprehension questions. 

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage Two, our aim is to continue to develop a love of reading by building on the skills and knowledge that children have learned throughout Key Stage One. Core texts are selected carefully to ensure that children are exposed to a wide range of genres. These are taught through ‘Whole Class Reading’ sessions which focus on the teaching of statutory requirements through the use of the reading content domains. Throughout lessons, children are exposed to comprehension questions in a variety of formats. These aim to enhance their skills in both their written and oral work (for example, through debates). At the end of each school day, Avonwood teachers celebrate books during ‘Drop Everything and Read’ (D.E.A.R) time by reading to their class. Independent reading (both within school and at home) is continually encouraged within Key Stage Two and children have regular access to the school library.  Comprehension skills are formally tested at the end of Year Six. To ensure that children are ready to undertake such testing, they are given regular opportunities to answer more formal comprehension questions within the given time limit. 

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