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Reading lessons

Learning to Read

Reading Lessons

All children engage in reading skills lessons as part of their literacy. The purpose of this is to teach the many skills required to become the confident, fluent readers with excellent understanding, which we aim for.

These skills include skimming, scanning, predicting, inferring and summarising. As with phonics, we work hard to ensure that these lessons are engaging and enjoyable, using quality texts to inspire and motivate the children. These are done as a whole class session, with small group discussion and activities.

Children who are not making the expected progress are identified by regular assessments and will engage in additional reading intervention sessions.


Each reading session has a clear learning objective, children’s progress is assessed against this. Objectives are tracked to ensure coverage and progression. One to one, small group reading also provides evidence to inform teacher assessments. Gaps in learning are highlighted and used to inform planning. Whole school moderation ensures our assessments are accurate and consistent.

Tracking pupils

Pupils accessing the Read write inc programme are screened and assessed every few weeks to ensure rapid progress. 

KS2 pupils are assessed ever half term using PIRA tests to give a breakdown of skills and reading targets.