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Reading strategies Early Years/Key Stage One

Reading at The Oaks Community Primary School Early Years and Key Stage One

Reading strategies Key Stage Two

Reading at The Oaks Community Primary School Key Stage Two

Reading at our school

Our key question we want all our pupils to answer is:

‘How does Reading make a difference to me?’

Where will Reading take you…?

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 adopts a Steps to Read approach to provide a sequential teaching sequence within our daily whole class shared reading experience. Within each reading session the teacher works with pupils to explicably teach reading strategies based on evidence based research from Literacy Counts. During shared reading, pupils are involved in lots of discussion around rich vocabulary and the effect this has as a reader. Each session is linked to quality chosen texts and pupils are given opportunity to practice and develop specific reading strategies.

In addition, in Year 1 pupils participate in an additional group reading session with the class teacher and in Year 2 pupils participate in additional reading skills focused sessions with the class teacher. All pupils across the school are given opportunities to read for pleasure and read their own choice of text including storybooks, poetry, magazines, comics and newspapers within our class libraries.

Additionally, pupils may also receive 1:1 reading using the Better Reading Partnership programme – 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.

Some pupils also follow the Reading Wise programme focused on decoding and building fluency.

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 links below offer support to all of our school community to support reading at home. Take a look at the documents below to help support your child with reading at home.

At school we encourage pupils to ‘Strive for 5’ reads per week, please support and encourage your child to read as much as possible and achieve their 50 or 100 reads!

Where will Reading take you…?








Key Stage One Reading and Phonics Scheme

Reading Scheme

The school currently use 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 ‘Read, Write Inc’ phonics programme which starts in Reception and continues through Key Stage One. This is a highly successful programme for delivering phonics across the country.

Our phonics sessions are taught daily for up to 60 minutes. The initial part of the lesson focusses on the teaching and learning of new sounds, including written application, followed by revision of previously taught sounds. The remainder of the lesson allows children to apply the skills taught through reading high quality books which are closely matched to their ability and accompanying written tasks.

If you would like any further information or details about the ‘Read, Write Inc’ programme please click on the link below:


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