Fryent Primary School

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Fryent Primary School

Excellence in Everything

  1. Our Curriculum
  2. Core Subjects
  3. Reading



Here at Fryent Primary School, we really value reading, we aim to develop readers who:

  • Have a love and enjoyment of reading.
  • Value the power of reading
  • Have excellent decoding and comprehension skills.
  • Are exposed to a variety of high-quality texts.

 The teaching of reading covers two main areas


Children develop a range of strategies to help them to become fluent readers. The main strategy used is through the teaching of phonics.

Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 follow the Letters and Sounds programme. It is an approach to teaching phonics in which individual letters or letter sounds are blended to form groups of letters or sounds- then those sounds are blended into words.

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Reading is taught every day from Reception to Year 6.  We use a variety of teaching and learning styles to develop children’s ability to read. Children develop new skills through daily reading sessions which take place in the form of phonics or guided reading.



At Fryent we provide children with lots of opportunities to develop their comprehension skills. These take place in the form of whole class shared the reading or group sessions.


Reciprocal Reading

In reciprocal reading, the teacher facilitates the discussion of questions based on a book, chapter, video or photograph. This allows the children to develop a range of different comprehension skills using a range of different media.

The children are asked a range of literal retrieval questions as well as questions drawing on their own experience, values and opinions. This takes place in a mixed ability group of around 6 children. The focus for the reading is to provide practice and develop a personal response to text drawing on a range of comprehension skills.


Shared reading

In shared reading the teacher models the reading process to the whole class as an expert reader providing a high level of support. Teaching objectives are pre-planned and sessions are characterised by explicit teaching of specific reading strategies, oral response and collaboration. Texts are rich and challenging, beyond the current reading ability of the majority of the class.

In guided reading texts are chosen to match the ability of the group but still provide an element of challenge.



During their time at Fryent Primary School, the children experience a range of opportunities and experiences to enable them to be confident readers. The provision for each Key Stage is shown below.

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

• Listen to traditional tales.
• Listen to a range of texts.
• Learn some poems by heart.
• Become familiar with a wide range of texts of different lengths.
• Discuss books.
• Build up a repertoire of poems to recite.
• Use the class and school libraries.
• Listen to short novels over time.

• Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and
• Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.
• Learn poetry by heart.
• Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends,
traditional stories, modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other
• Take part in conversations about books.
• Learn a wide range of poetry by heart.
• Use the school and community libraries.
• Look at classification systems.
• Look at books with a different alphabet to English.
• Read and listen to whole books

 How can I help my child with reading?

As a parent you are probably helping your child with reading much more than you may realise. If your home contains books, magazines and catalogues and your child sees you reading, if you read to your child and talk together about familiar stories and if you also use printed materials to find things out, then your child already has a head start in this area.

  • Remember that talking about reading is very important, so if your child is sometimes reluctant to read aloud, discussing a book will also help to develop reading skills.
  • Concentrate on enjoyment and grasping the meaning rather than absolute accuracy.
  • Keep reading time relaxed, comfortable and pleasurable, in a quiet corner, with the television turned off.
  • Talk about the cover and read the title before rushing your child into the text, asking questions such as: what do you think it will be about; what sort of book is it; have you read one like this before?
  • Look through the book, noticing interesting pictures and words, then read the opening together.
  • Don’t correct too quickly. If your child makes an error suggest having another go, searching the pictures for a clue, sounding out the first letter or reading on before you ‘tell’ the problem word.
  • If your child is really struggling, take over the reading yourself and let the teacher know.
  • When your child brings home a book that has been read before ask for a summary before reading it again, then discuss the book at a deeper level than last time.
  • As your child progresses, talk about authors, characters and plots or what new information has been learnt.
  • If your child reads silently ask her to re-tell the part that has been read and encourage the ‘pointing out’ of relevant sections in the text.
  • Join your local library and use it regularly. Watch out for storytelling events, summer reads and reviews of new titles.


Useful Documents: The following information will help to support your children at home.


This website provides useful and engaging activities to help children decode and blend words:


Reading at school and home will ensure your child has as much help as possible to not only read each book but also to build the comprehension skills needed to develop their reading age.


Please click on the following links for a recommended reading list for your child's year group. Try to read with your child for 5 to 10 minutes each day, discussing the pictures and words as you go. 


For advice on helping your child with reading Click here.



Recommended Reading Lists


Nursery      Reception - Year 6

  Below are some websites designed to help you develop your child's reading skills


Click here to go to Oxford Owl website


 Click here for Directgov website


Click here for Reading Rocket website



Nursery to Year 3  please follow the Letters and Sounds programme.   


 We use the following reading schemes to support the teaching of reading:

Reception:  Alpha world/Bugs Club

KS1:  Alpha World

KS2: Satellite 

 Useful Information 

Click here for questions to ask your child  when reading - Early Years

Click here for questions  to ask your child when reading - Key Stage 1 

Click here  for questions to ask your child when reading - Key Stage 2 

Click here for Reading objectives 


  If you have any queries about the Reading Curriculum, please contact Mrs Michaels, Assistant Head Teacher on 0208 205 4047 or by email on