Reading at Park

At Park Primary we aim for every child to develop the skills they need to become confident, fluent, independent readers, whilst igniting a life-long love of reading. We encourage the children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers through contact with challenging and relevant texts and to appreciate a wide range of authors and genres.

In order to achieve this, we use a systematic and developmental approach to teaching reading as outlined below.

  1. Systematic Phonics Programme

The school uses the Read Write Inc. (RWI) Phonics Programme for our children who are learning to read and write in Key Stage One, and as a catch up programme for children who need extra support in Key Stage Two.

  1. Reading Time

The daily Reading Time session includes a range of activities that allow the children to develop and apply their reading skills. These activities include a bi-weekly guided reading lesson with the teacher, an activity linked to the class text and an activity based on different genres.

  1. Reading Books

Reading books are sent home every week.


Key word lists will be sent home and the children will be given new words as they show that they are secure with the previous ones. Children will be sent home with reading books as the teacher feels it is appropriate to do so.

Key Stage One

The children will bring home a book banded reading book. These are reading books that have been carefully levelled to ensure that they are the right level for the children. These books need to be recorded in a Reading Record. Children continue to take home Key Sight Words lists to learn. The children are also able to choose a book from their class book corner to take home and enjoy with their family members.

Key Stage Two

In Key Stage 2, when reading up to, and including, the white reading level, the children take home two reading books (one from the appropriate book band level and one from the Free Reader section which is a collection of fiction and non-fiction ‘real’ books that are not book banded). When children are beyond the white level, they may choose a Free Reader reading book which interests them or a reading book from the appropriate book banded level.

Order of the Book Band Levels











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  1. Comprehension

Teach comprehension every week so that the children work on skills to understand different types of text.

  1. English Curriculum

Have an English curriculum which really teaches children to appreciate and understand various texts. This includes knowing the author’s intention, understanding structure and increasing language and vocabulary.

  1. Class Texts

Make sure that children regularly share a class text with their teacher through reading a class book together (one per fortnight in KS1 one per term in KS2). These books are shared, discussed and may provide stimulus for comprehension or writing sessions.

  1. Book Corners

Have enticing book corners in all classrooms which encourage the children to read.

  1. Reading for Pleasure

Reading for pleasure encompasses a wide range of genres and publications, and includes both fiction and non-fiction.

  • Fiction: Novels, short stories, jokes, comics, poetry, lyrics, plays and scripts
  • Non-fiction: Reference books, newsletters, letters, emails, biographies, memoirs, newspapers, magazines, websites

Useful Websites

Oxford Owl – There is useful advice and 100s of free ebooks, audio books and videos of stories being told by a storyteller. All you need to do is sign up, which is free of charge. Available on ipads too.

Reading for pleasure – please click on link for an article on the importance of reading for pleasure, as well as the many forms that it can take.

Ruthmiskin – please click on the link to view.

UKLA Promoting Reading for Pleasure – please click on link for an article on the importance of reading for pleasure.

Newham Library Services – the library services provides activities for young people as well as a wide range of books for them to use; free of charge.


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