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How we Teach Reading


At Shay Lane Primary School, we place great importance upon the value of reading. We believe in teaching the skills and knowledge that turn our pupils into lifelong lovers of reading. This journey begins straight away, as children enter our Foundation Stage. In the Early Years Unit, children have access to wide range of exciting and engaging texts that can be accessed independently in our two welcoming reading areas. In Nursery, the children are taught listening skills and are introduced to letters, and the sounds that they make.  From Reception, throughout KS1 and into KS2 if required, we follow the Read, Write Inc scheme for phonics, which is a scheme that teaches children to read and write through fun and engaging activities, carefully tailored to their different stages of development.  You can find out more about RWI trough the following link: 

As children move through school, it is our aim to develop their confidence, fluency and enjoyment of reading. This is done through our reading curriculum, where teachers plan discrete reading sessions as part of their English lessons. Challenging and interesting texts are introduced to the children, with linked activities designed to further their understanding. Guided reading sessions take place throughout school, from Reception to Year 6. This gives an opportunity for children to learn specific skills, in groups that are matched to their abilities. In addition to taught reading sessions, Shay Lane has a variety of reading schemes to support children to develop their reading skills. We ask that families take time to read with their children at home, to reinforce their confidence and skills, as well as increase their love of reading.

Our school environment is conducive to reading, with two attractive library areas and reading areas in classrooms, where children can independently access and enjoy texts of their own choosing. Teachers read to their classes each week, choosing engaging and delightful texts to set the children's imaginations alight. We believe that reading is a gift that should be enjoyed and accessed by all children.