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Reading for Early Years, KS1 and KS2




We intend to equip all pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Here at Roscoe, we plan and deliver a high-quality education in English in order to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.



Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We believe access to rich and varied library of literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society, as a child and in adult life.


It is our intent that every child should:


  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate





All children read, and are read to, so that they develop a love of reading. Books are selected by the teachers and English coordinator to ensure they are high quality and, where possible, link to other curriculum areas.


Reading Scheme

School uses a variety of schemes and these are all banded into levels. Children have the opportunity to read: Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Graphic Novels and Classic Novels.

All books are banded to ensure continuity and progression. Children do not have to read all the books to move to the next level. Children are assessed using the Benchmark scheme annually, or when needed, to ensure they are reading within the required band.


Children in the Early Years, Key Stage 1, and where necessary in Key Stage 2, have a phonics reading book. This book will be changed regularly and, when necessary, children will then be moved over to the banded reading scheme. 


Children complete NFER and SATs tests termly. This data is then moderated by the Academy.


Class Texts

All children will have classic texts read to them in all year groups. This may include: fairy tales/rhymes, traditional tales and classic novels.


Individual Reading

  • All children read to an adult during the week.
  • Children in EYFS are read to daily and sing rhymes to encourage vocabulary building.
  • Children in Reception are listened to four times weekly.
  • Children in Years 1,2 and 3 are listened to three times weekly.
  • Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 are listened to twice weekly.
  • Should any child require additional reading, a teacher, or a teaching assistant, would provide this.



Four children are chosen, from years 2 and 6, to receive additional reading. These children have one hour of additional reading weekly.


Home Reading

All children are expected to read at home. School encourages children to read their ‘school’ reading book but also allows children to read a book of their choosing. This is recorded in the child’s reading record.

Children in Reception and Year 1 take home two reading books: their school reading book and a phonetically plausible book.

Children in Year 2, who did not pass their Phonics Screening Check, also take home a phonetically plausible book in addition to their school reading book.


Whole-Class Reading

All children from Reception upwards take part in daily whole-class reading. These sessions are planned around a high-quality text. These lessons teach a range of skills ensuring the National Curriculum reading domains are delivered.


Reading Areas

All classrooms have a designated reading area with age-appropriate reading for pleasure books. All classrooms have access to subject specific books that further develop their curriculum knowledge.



Each class has a weekly visit to our stimulating school library where children have the opportunity to relax with their friends and thoroughly enjoy reading a book of their choice. This special time is a reading celebration that all children enjoy and look forward to.


Book Swap Box

Both Key Stages have access to a ‘Book Swap’ box. This is to further develop a love of reading. Children bring back into schoolbooks that school has gifted them so that other children have the opportunity to read them; children are also encouraged to bring in preloved books from home to donate to school.


Reading Bags

Each class has a home-school reading bag. This bag contains a brand new, high-quality, age-recommended text, a drink and a treat. This bag is designed for the parents/carers to enjoy reading a book with their children. This bag is sent home weekly to a different child.




  • Children will make at least good progress in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening from their last point of statutory assessment or from their starting point in Nursery.
  • Children will use their English knowledge and skills, in all curriculum areas, to enable them to know more, remember more and understand more.
  • Children will have a love of Reading and make at least good progress in Reading from their last point of statutory assessment or from their starting point in Nursery.
  • Children will use their Reading skills as a key tool in helping them to learn, and as a result, know more, remember more and understand more.

Reading at home 

  • Read every night at home with your child

Every week each child will be sent home a phonics decodable book or Oxford Reading Tree book at their reading level (these have coloured bands). Read these with your child and ask them questions about the story.

  • Practise reading and writing tricky words

If children know these they are more likely to gain speed and fluency in their reading. See the lists for your child's age group

  • Practising your children’s handwriting
  • Log into Active Learn

Every child in school also has an Active Learn log in which gives you access to interactive phonetical books and games. Ask your teacher if you need these details again.

  • Phonics Games. See the links in 'Phonics' section


Other Useful links:


Letter formation




-'One Fox' (age 5+)


- 'House that Once Was' (age 7+)


- 'The Same Inside (age 9+)