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Teaching Reading

At The Pines School we recognise the importance of teaching children the fundamental skill of learning to read. We also recognise that it is essential that all children develop a love of reading. Within school, we promote a wide selection of reading materials from magazines and leaflets to novels, poetry, plays and online texts.


Our school library is widely used throughout the week and across the whole school. Our children love to find a quiet place to become absorbed amongst the books. We encourage children to take books home and to find other books that may interest them. In addition to this, we have developed links with our local library. Our children also have vibrant and well stocked book corners in their classrooms that they can access throughout the day. 


Reading at The Pines School begins in the Early Years and KS1 with a daily systematic phonics lesson. The purpose of phonics instruction is to teach children sound-spelling relationships and how to use those relationships to read words. The children take part in a variety of activities to help develop their word recognition and strategies to decode unfamiliar words. This is then followed up with a personalised tutorial with each child each week to apply this understanding. Within this tutorial, each child will receive a list of words to practise and a book to take home to enjoy with an adult. In KS2, teacher reinforce the application of phonics and teach spelling patterns in line with the statutory expectations. 


Children have a guided reading session with an adult as part of a small group, whereby the adult can support them in their comprehension development and love of talking about texts.


All classes prioritse reading in their timetable and read their class novel daily. Many classes also take part in 'Read AnyWhere', known as 'RAW time'. During this time, children are invited to get comfortable in the way that suits them best. This might be lying on the floor, under the table, or sat back to back with a friend. 

Reading policy