How we teach reading

At East Bierley, we teach reading using a range of books to meet the specific needs of our children. This approach is personalised. We choose from a range of scheme books such as Songbirds and Rigby Star. We also highly regard picture books as a great resource for developing a range of reading skills. These are used throughout school along with novels and non-fiction texts. 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. Our teaching of reading is approached through Guided Reading, one-to-one reading, paired and shared reading and through whole class English lessons. Additional support and targeted intervention is provided through the Better Reading Partnership throughout school and targeted use of Read, Write Inc. DEAR time (Drop Everything and Read) and story time is timetabled every day across school to develop reading for pleasure. We believe reading is the key to all other learning and aim to inspire children to develop a lifelong love of learning. Children see adults in school as readers and enjoy sharing that passion.

Rachel Wilshaw (Bradford Literature Festival): I don't think I've EVER known a school quite as enthusiastic about reading. I love this school! , were your ears burning? You have some massive fans at !

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

In Reception we assess against the Development Matters statements and the Early Learning Goals.

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 of both classics and newly published books. For regular updates, please check out our Twitter feed where reviews and recommendations are regularly posted.

Phonics is taught daily using Letters and Sounds in Reception and Year 1.  We use Storytime phonics, which incorporates a story based approach to phonics.  Additional phonics interventions are used as required throughout year 2 and beyond into Key Stage for individuals and small groups.  In Key Stage 2 Direct Phonics may be used if it is felt this suits the child.


Staff join in the fun for World Book Day


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