How we teach reading

Our focus on teaching reading at East Bierley follows the statement learn to read, then read to learn. We aim to develop a real love of stories in their widest sense throughout school. We share stories through drama and story telling, picture books, through our Collective Worship, in class storytime, history story time and DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time as well as teaching explicit reading skills throughout school through phonics, guided reading in groups and as a class, paired and shared reading, English lessons and 1-1 reading.

Synthetic phonics is taught systematically throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1 using Letters and Sounds and Storytime Phonics. Where required this is also explicitly taught in Key Stage 2. Children read books that are phonically decodable and are pitched appropriately for them to achieve success. Rereading books helps to develop the fluency they need to develop as readers swiftly.

We are always delighted to have the chance to talk about reading at school.  If you would like to have books or authors recommended for your child, please speak with your child's class teacher or with Mrs Upham.  Many children already borrow books from Mrs Upham and seek regular recommendations for both classics and newly published books. For regular updates, please check out our Twitter feed where reviews and recommendations are regularly posted.

Rachel Wilshaw (Bradford Literature Festival) ‘I don't think I've EVER known a school quite as enthusiastic about reading.

I love this school! @tompalmerauthor , were your ears burning? You have some massive fans at @eastbierleyPS ! #lovereading #lovebooks’ 

Jude Baker (Fiction Express) ‘ talking about what local schools were 'super readers' Karen volunteered that your school is famed for its reading culture, and on looking at your school website, I can see why!’ 

We assess reading against year group objectives from the National Curriculum and the following reading domains:

Key Stage 1

1a: Draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts 1b: Identify/explain key aspects of fiction texts, such as characters, events, titles and information 1c: Identify and explain the sequence of events in texts 1d: Make inferences from the text 1e: Predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far


Key Stage 2

2a: Give/explain the meaning of words in context 2b: Retrieve and record information/ identify key details from fiction and non-fiction 2c: Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph 2d: Make inferences from the text/explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text 2e: Predict what might happen from details stated and implied 2f: Identify/ explain how information/ narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole 2g: Identify/ explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases 2h: Make comparisons within the text


Reading and Phonics Booklets

These leaflets have been shared in class and parent meetings.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's class teacher, Mrs Sneddon our English Lead or Mrs Upham.

Reading booklet Reception 
KS1 Reading booklet
KS1 parents reading vipers
KS2 reading vipers