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Reading at Beenham Primary School

Reading Intent

At Beenham Primary School, we believe that reading is an essential life skill, and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers.

At the heart of our strategy is our drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through carefully designed teaching activities that utilise age related, high quality and thought-provoking texts.

Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. We recognise the importance of taking a consistent whole school approach to the teaching of reading to close any gaps and to target the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher


Reading Implementation

We use a Whole Class Reading Approach in Lower and Upper key Stage 2; this approach has been chosen to enable all children regardless of abilities to be exposed to age-related, high-quality text and rich tier 2 and 3 vocabulary.

Reading Assessments are in place on our assessment schedule, from these assessments gaps in learning are identified and teachers plan learning to fill those gaps. We use Pixl resources (a learning package we purchase using the PPG Premium) to provide resources and models to fill these gaps.

Reading Assessments are also used by the SENCo to identify children that require any intervention. We use the Nessy programme and RWI Phonics Interventions.

Our lowest 20% of children are identified and are part of a fluency intervention in which they are heard read a minimum of 3 times per week to practice their fluency and phonics. The children who require a Phonics intervention also receive this. This is part funded by the School Led Tutoring money and resources were purchased using the Covid Catch Up Premium.

Reading is regarded as a priority in our school, and we promote reading in a variety of ways throughout the school. We have a reading section within our monthly newsletter to parents which suggests recommended age-appropriate text, we set regular reading challenges throughout the year and provide an online reading resource for children to access at home.

We are in the process of building a reading spine for the school using high quality text which link to our wider curriculum project themes.


Reading Impact

Children are making progress in reading both in word recognition and comprehension- this is evident in assessment outcomes and increase in reading ages.

Children are enjoying reading more, reading is talked about positively and children are reading the correct matched books to their ability allowing them to be successful.

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