We believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners.  Reading is central to our ability to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us.  Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum.

Intent –

We want to enable children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers across a wide range and types of literature, including different text types, genres, books, posters, magazines, signs and newspapers.

Our aims and intent for all children at Carlton Vale are to be able to:

  • Read with enjoyment across a range of genres
  • Become fluent, confident and expressive readers
  • Read for pleasure as well as for information
  • Read and respond to a wide range of different types of literature
  • Understand the layout and how to use different genres and text types;
  • Understand and apply their knowledge of phonics and spelling patterns and use this to decode words with accuracy
  • Build their bank of sight words to enable fluent reading
  • Have an interest in words and their meanings, developing a rich and varied vocabulary;
  • Understand and respond to literature drawn from a range of cultures and literary heritage.

 We aim to develop, through our teaching of reading, the following attitudes:

  • Curiosity and interest
  • Pleasure and thoughtfulness
  • Critical appraisal
  • Independence
  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Perseverance
  • Respect for other views and cultures

Implementation -

Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability or additional need, to flourish and to become the very best they can be.

We are guided by the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum, supported by clear skills and knowledge progression across all subjects. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.

In the Foundation Stage, children are introduced to early phonics in combination with the reading of a wide range of picture and storybooks to engage their imagination and wonder.

In Key Stage 1, particularly in Year 1, there is a focus on the progression of phonics skills with children being taught in groups to match their ability. With daily phonic sessions, the children have the opportunity to revisit previous learning, practise and apply new skills in structured but engaging ways. By the time the children are reaching the end of Year 2, they have listened to and studied a range of quality stories from traditional and modern authors.

A mixture of reading approaches are used to give the children the opportunity to develop the skills to become independent readers. Guided reading is used in small groups. Whole class teaching of the different skills are also taught through the study of carefully selected quality class texts.

We follow the Collins Big Cat Reading Pogramme, "From early phonics development to fluency, Collins Big Cat is a whole-school programme that provides complete support for primary reading. Deliver effective phonics with fully decodable books, expertly aligned to Letter and Sounds and foster a love of reading with hundreds of levelled readers to support guided, independent and whole class reading". 

We have a selection of 20 Core Texts that the children read and learn throughout their time at Carlton Vale. The children develop their skills of retelling stories and develop skills in writing their own stories based on the learning of the Core Texts.


Impact -

By the time the children leave;

  • They will have become enthusiastic and motivated readers who are confident in reading a variety of genres and text types.
  • They will have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read.
  • They will have been inspired by literature and will read for enjoyment and pleasure.

Home Learning -

Reading at home is a key element in supporting children with their reading progress.

Children have book bags and change these twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays). The children can take home a book levelled to their reading ability and reading for pleasure story.