Reading at our school

“The more that you read, the more places you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

At The Oaks, we are passionate about reading and enthusiastically spreading a love of and enjoyment of reading and books.

Children at The Oaks participate in regular whole class interactive shared reading sessions focused on enhancing pupil enjoyment of reading and deepening pupil understanding. The school have created their own unique approach to shared reading with agreed expectations. In the reading sessions the teacher does the reading and uses skilful questioning to employ and develop pupil comprehension. During shared reading pupils are involved in lots of discussion and book talk linked to quality chosen texts.

In addition, pupils participate in weekly guided comprehension session whereby they work in a small group with a teacher to read and explore a group text. These sessions focus on developing pupil fluency and comprehension, including their literal and inferential understanding as well as their questioning skills.

Some pupils also receive 1:1 reading using a Better Reading approach – children read 3 texts (sections or extracts of larger texts) within a session. The 1:1 sessions focus on building pupil confidence in their own ability as a reader, increasing fluency and developing comprehension.

Pupils in KS1 also participate in daily phonics sessions focused on word recognition – more information can be found on our phonics page.

Children take home 2 reading books – 1 book to match their reading level or age and one book chosen for pleasure.

To support all of the reading in school and to ensure pupils become fluent efficient readers, the school have created its own set of reading strategies. Take a look at the document to help support your child with reading at home – the link to the document is at the top of this page.

Happy reading! Look out for our next Extreme reading challenge!

Don’t forget to encourage your child to read as much as possible and achieve their 50 or 100 reads!


Key Stage One Reading and Phonics Scheme

Reading Scheme

The school currently uses a range of different books to deliver its reading including: Rigby Star, Rigby Rocket, Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree and Rapid.

These books help the children to build on the phonics work that they do in class every day. Reading is taught through: shared, guided and individual reading sessions.

Children also bring home a reading book alongside their reading record each night. We ask that you try to read with your child each night and fill in their reading record letting us know how they have got on and any words they may have needed support with.


The school uses the ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics programme which starts in Reception and continues through Key Stage One. This has been highly successful in delivering for all of the children in our school. If you would like any further information or details on the programme please click on the link below:

The school also uses ‘Phonics Play’ to support in delivering Phonics throughout the school. Our phonics sessions are taught daily for 30 minutes with the first 10 minutes focussing on handwriting and the application of writing and the last 20 minutes focussing on the revisiting, teaching and application of reading.

Letters and Sounds