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Reading at Hadrian Park Primary School

‘We shouldn’t teach great books we should teach a great love of reading’

Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so our curriculum is centered around making sure that every  child learns to the best of their ability and as quickly as possible. 

Our Reading aims

•To create a lifelong love of reading, whether for learning or leisure.
•To develop the skills to access any materials throughout school and beyond (life long learning)
•Encourage children to develop the desire to use texts to discover more.
Encourage children to look beyond the text, see text as a tool, use text as a springboard for their own writing.
Develop a LOVE for reading.
Read challenging materials, that enriches and deepens their understanding.

Your child's entitlement 

We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we work hard to make sure children develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

Reading In Key Stage One, we learn how to use a book. We then use our sound knowledge to begin to read words. As their confidence grows we work on the children’s fluency and comprehension skills.

In Key Stage Two , we develop these skills further by focusing on the language of texts. We look for hidden meanings and discuss the vocabulary choices.


We start by teaching phonics in EYFS and Years 1 and 2 using the highly successful ‘Read Write Inc’ phonics programme. Children learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well.

The children also practice reading (and spelling) ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’. Once children can blend sounds together to read words, they practice reading books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. Through speedy reading techniques, the children start to believe they can read and this does wonders for their confidence. Up until the end of Year 2, your child will work with children who are at the same stage.  This is so that the teaching can be focused on their needs and ensure we are consolidating reading skills. To improve our comprehension skills we have a computer based programme called Accelerated Reader. We use this programme from Year 1-6, AR is a program used to motivate children to increase their reading & vocabulary comprehension and guide them to greater independent reading.  Ultimately , our Reading curriculum  helps children develop the skills they need to be fluent, proficient readers and lifelong learners

Reading for Pleasure

Reading for Pleasure, is a key focus throughout every school day.  Classes read are shared daily, provide children with a deeper understanding of texts. Books are carefully chosen from our reading spine, to meet the needs and interests of the cohort  to enthuse our children. They may link into our wider curriculum, or may simply reflect their love of stories. Many classes uses creative strategies to get children involved in choosing these stories, as after all this opportunity feeds' pupils' imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for our curious young minds. 



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