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Learning to read is the most important skill children will ever learn and so, quite naturally, it is a priority in our school. Throughout the week all children take part in reading activities at least once each day. There may be shared stories and rhymes, reading during Literacy/topic lessons, individual reading with a member of staff/volunteer and across KS1 & 2 every child is involved in guided reading four times a week.

From our youngest children in Pre-school to our oldest children in Year 6 we follow a similar process based on the reciprocal reading approach of Predict àRead àClarifyà Question.


Reading in the Early Years

Group Reading

We strive for all children in the Early Years to develop a love of reading and as such we have regular book sharing sessions in small groups. The purpose of reading in a small group is to encourage children to be more vocal about what is being read and give them more confidence to join in. The group reading sessions include;

  • Book selection – the children are involved in selecting which book to read from a bag of favourites.
  • Book preparation – establishing what children know about the topic or if they have seen the book before. We give children the background knowledge to help put the book into context.
  • Reading – we read to them, pause and let them join in any repeated phrases or rhymes, use a range of voices to help build excitement and we encourage/allow them to talk about each page as we go through the book. Once a book has become familiar to them we encourage them to help us to read it and point to the words.
  • Book Talk – after reading we talk about favourite parts of the book, parts that made us laugh/sad/scared/happy/worried. We also talk about things we have done that are similar to what we have read.
  • Follow up – following our reading session we like to send them off having a go at something linked to the book, this might be making something, role playing part of the story or looking for things. The idea is that the book inspires them in their play.


Guided Reading in Reception

This is a twenty minute session with a small group of similar ability children. The main focus of this session is decoding (using our phonics to read words). The main reading scheme that we use is Read Write Inc, but we also use Bug Books, PM story starters, poems, homemade books with patterned language and ‘real’ books that you might have on your bookshelf at home.


Guided Reading in Key Stage 1

Following on from the RWI phonics work in the morning, the children are taught to apply their skills in their reading during the afternoon. At 1.00 pm - 1.30 pm, each day, the children across Key Stage 1 are grouped according to ability and focus on reading and comprehension skills at their level.  We follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) scheme and as such all children in the group read the same book with partner work being a very important component of the sessions. The children practice their sounds, blend them to read new words, build up their knowledge of tricky words and develop their comprehension skills. As all of the children work on the same book together the teacher is able to work effectively with children at each stage of their learning.

Within these sessions we put a lot of emphasis on developing new vocabulary and scene setting prior to reading. This contributes to their overall comprehension of the text and so they are able to discuss why things happened as they did and why characters may have responded in certain ways. The children are always encouraged to ask their own questions too.

Each term the children are assessed using the RWI assessment and the groups are revised, allowing children to continue to be taught at the correct level.

Once children have completed the RWI scheme they move on to format similar to that followed in Key Stage 2, ultimately less focus on decoding and a greater emphasis on comprehension. We don't follow a scheme for this but try to choose a variety a books to give the children a broader reading experience.

Additional Reading in Key Stage 1

Within literacy sessions the children in KS1 read a range of specially selected books linked to their topics. They read these as a class using Predict - Read - Clarify - Question - Summarise . They also study the text as writers looking at ideas and structures that they can use within their writing along with lots of drama and creative work to bring the book alive and inspire them as writers.


Guided Reading in Key Stage 2

In KS2 we follow an approach whereby all children in the class are working on the same text but are able to access it in different ways. The books have been selected to give the children a broad reading experience across their time at Broomwood Primary with each one linking to the topics being covered. As in KS1, guided reading happens between 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm each day but these texts also provide a perfect stimulus for writing within literacy lessons.

For each text that we read with the children we spend a couple of sessions on book preparation. This will focus on giving them the background knowledge to allow them to be able to understand the context of the book. This could be looking at topic related words or giving them subject specific information with regards to history, geography or science. Once they start to read/study the book we follow a weekly timetable.


Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4



Choice Reading

Follow up

Teacher led


Teacher led


Choice Reading

Follow up


Follow up

Teacher led


Choice Reading


Choice Reading

Follow up

Teacher led



Verbal Reasoning


During these sessions the children read a section of the book and are expected to make note of any words they are unfamiliar with and also any questions they want to ask.

Teacher Led

The start of this session will be to discuss any questions they have from the pre-read and look up any new words. This will lead into a deeper look at the text, mainly through discussion, and focus on language structures. We encourage the children to look at the text as a reader (what makes it interesting to read?) and as a writer (what language structures are used to build tension?).

Follow up

The children are asked to do a task independently which requires them to reflect on the book in some way. This may be to think about how the character has changed through the text or compare it with other books they have read.

Choice Reading

This is where we give the children the opportunity to read for pleasure, whether it be their reading book, library book, newspaper, comic or anything from the class library. 

Verbal Reasoning

Within KS2 we also do verbal reasoning to help the children develop their vocabulary. We use CGP books which look at  vocabulary and word association/categorisation.

Home Reading

The reading scheme we use for home reading is Oxford Reading Tree. We have a range of books from Stage 1 to Stage 16 which children are given to take home and share with parents and carers. These books are matched to their secure reading ability rather than the level the are being taught at or their age or year group. 

Once children are confident, secure readers they can choose a book from the library as their home reader.

There are many resources and books to support reading on the Oxford Owl website:

Love of Reading

Developing a life long love of reading is really important to us at Broomwood and as such we make sure that we give children time to read for pleasure each week but that we also hold special events throughout the years such as Book Week and World Book Day. 

We also have a fabulous library, newly refurbished, which is run by a group of Year 6 pupils.


KS1 Library - After School


You can come along with your grown up any time between 3.15pm and 4.00pm on a Monday after school:

You can choose two books to take home and bring them back when you have finished with them.

You don’t need to come every week, just when you want to get some new books.


KS2 Library – Lunchtime


You can come along between 12.45pm and 1.00pm on the day allocated to your year group.

Monday – Year 3

Tuesday – Year 4

Wednesday – Year 5

Thursday – Year 6


You can choose one book to take home and bring it back when you have finished it.

You don’t need to come every week, just when you want to get a new book.

You can take home either fiction or non-fiction books.

If you are on Free Readers, you can change your book between 8.45am and 9.00am or between 1.00pm and 1.30pm.