Our Curriculum Areas

English - Reading

In Reception and Key Stage 1, children are taught to read through daily phonics lessons. These lessons teach five main skills:

  1. Learning the letter sounds - Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.
  2. Learning letter formation -Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
  3. Blending - Children are taught how to blend the sounds together to read and write new words.
  4. Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting) - Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
  5. Tricky words - Tricky words have irregular spellings and children learn these separately.

In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children take part in daily reading rotation activities, which include reading comprehension tasks and guided reading sessions with their class teachers. Reading is taught and assessed based upon the seven assessment focuses.

The Reading Assessment Focus list

  • Use a range of strategies, including accurate decoding of text, to read for meaning
  • Understand, describe, select or retrieve information, events or ideas from texts and use quotation and reference to text
  • Deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts
  • Identify and comment on the structure and organisation of texts, including grammatical and presentational features at text level
  • Explain and comment on the writers’ use of language, including grammatical and literary features at word and sentence level
  • Identify and comment on the writers’ purposes and viewpoints, and the overall effect
  • Relate texts to their cultural and historical contexts and literary traditions.
Overview grid
 1 Decode accurately.
Read with understanding.
 2 Seek, find and understand.
Literal responses to text.
Text reference.
 3 Between the lines
Inference and deduction.
Put yourself in their shoes.
Text reference
4 Structure.
Commenting on presentational features.
Why is the text presented and organised as it is?
5 Language.
Why did the writer use that word / phrase / image / sentence etc.
Literary awareness.
Impact on reader.
6 The Writer.
Writer’s purpose.
Writer’s attitudes and values.
Big messages about life.
7 The Text and the World.
How the text fits into its social, historical, cultural, literary heritage context.

Assessment Focus Areas

Teachers carefully tailor their questioning during guided reading sessions in order to cover the assessment focus areas.

Questions to evidence reading AFs can be seen in the sidebar of the page.

Reading books

At West Haddon Primary School children read a wide range of texts, including fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. We also expect children to read at home, both independently and with adults.

Recommended Books and associated supporting documents can be found in the sidebar of this page

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West Haddon Endowed CofE Primary School,
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West Haddon,

Telephone: 01788 510318

Please call Nicola Elliott or Colette Bowers in the school office.

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