Eldene Nursery School

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succeed together’


Statement of Intent for Reading


We strive to open up understanding and comprehension for children of the world around them and to develop a lasting love of reading.


Curriculum design for Reading:

Systematic Phonics is taught through a multi-sensory approach using Letters and Sounds. The Jolly Phonics actions are used in Early Years.

In EYFS and KS1 the aim is for children to additionally read in school individually, at least once a week and ideally more frequently, with a TA or a trained volunteer. Guided Reading commences in Year 1 when appropriate. In Year 2, whole class teaching of reading takes place every other week from Term 2. Guided Reading takes place on the alternate weeks. In Year 1, whole class teaching of reading is trialled in Term 6 only, when appropriate.

In KS2, whole class teaching of reading takes place on three days of the week, and guided reading on the remaining two days. Whole class lessons should be between 25 and 40 minutes long, depending on the year group. Year 6 have dedicated additional comprehension lessons.

All children have access to the school library and are able to take their library books home to enjoy.

Children are encouraged to read five times a week at home in order to practise skills learned at school. This is celebrated in Friday assembly.

Curriculum Choices for Reading:

  • Letters and sounds
  • Jolly phonics (actions)
  • We use a mixed range of published schemes including phonically plausible texts but our core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree.
  • There is a reading challenge set six times a year.
  • Book Week
  • World Book Day celebrations
  • Scholastic book fair visits twice a year
  • Visiting authors
  • Reading picnics

Skill coverage Comprehension

Skill Coverage Word Reading