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Reading across Kingfisher Primary 

Reading is taught in line with objectives set out in the Programmes of Study from the new English Curriculum 2014. We believe all children should have the opportunity to read widely and develop their awareness of the world.  Children will experience a wealth of different genres including both fiction and non-fiction during their time at the school. Reading is a high priority both in and out of school; we value parental support to develop our children’s learning potential.  Our children are immersed in a range of diverse and inclusive, modern texts linked to curriculum learning opportunities. 


The English Curriculum

At Kingfisher, we foster a love of reading to ensure our children become fluent, confident readers.  To achieve this we focus on the following areas: 


Opportunities to read

All our children read daily.  We have an array of high quality texts both in our classrooms and our reference library.


We are fortunate enough to have volunteers from our local community who give up their free time to hear children read alongside our school staff.  We promote reading at home with parents and have our own 'Reading Buddies' who promote a love of reading within our school; they regularly visit classes to read to other children.


Once a week our classes have access to the school library, where the children can borrow books to supplement their class reading books.


Visitors and visits

Throughout the year, children receive visits or online webinars from authors.  We ensure there is a mix of authors.


Author in Focus: 

Each half-term we highlight and promote a new author for children to explore. Mrs Kerrigan introduces the author in an assembly, and the children learn some facts about them and the style of books they write. The children then have the opportunity to borrow their books during their class library sessions.  So far this year we have featured, Cressida Cowell, Onjali Q-Rauf, Mini Grey, Tom Fletcher and Emma Carroll. 


Reading Challenges

Our children are always set a 'Summer Reading Challenge', World Book Day reading challenges alongside class challenges to promote a love of reading.


Rock up and Read

During each term we invite parents to join our classes to share the enjoyment of reading with their children. 

Enriching children's vocabulary

At Kingfisher, we have created a language rich environment to develop children's oracy and vocabulary skills.  From the start of EYFS, children are exposed to a range of high level, technical and advanced vocabulary; this is reflected in their writing across the curriculum.


Weakest 20% Readers

All children in EYFS and KS1 are heard at least once a week by the class teacher or LSA. In KS2, all children are heard by an adult at least x1pw.


Our lowest 20% readers all receive targeted reading practice with an adult.  Children receive rapid intervention and the focus is on supporting children to achieve age related expectations through support and individual targets; their progress is regularly monitored through intervention logs and monitoring.


Comprehension skills

Comprehension is a key feature of weekly English lessons.  Children receive a weekly discrete comprehension lesson as part of a carefully sequenced curriculum alongside daily questions and modelling to elicit understanding and develop responses.   


GPS - Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling

All children are taught using a carefully planned, spiralised SPaG curriculum following the NC. Our progression of skills and knowledge ensures that children make excellent progress and build upon their existing understanding through practice and daily writing opportunities.


Speaking and listening

We provide daily opportunities for speaking and listening through questioning, planned activities, partner talk and opportunities for each year group to perform through a year group production.

Progression of Skills and Knowledge

Little Kingfishers

Children in nursery have access to stories throughout the day, and can often be seen getting comfy with a good story. The practitioners explore a different book each week with the children and this is named as the Book of the Week. The children listen to the book throughout the week, so they can start picking up the language and begin learning the skills of retelling stories. 

Little Kingfishers  value the importance of singing to help teach children new vocabulary, and learn how to form different words. Children partake in singing every day and it is a popular activity within the nursery.

Reading in Little Kingfishers

Kingfisher Library

Rock up and Read Sessions with Parents

Author in Focus 

Children's views on Reading


“The library is good because it has lots of books to read” Shonnah -Y1

“I like reading, especially dinosaur books” George -Y1

“I like books because it gives you information” Lincoln -Y1

“I like reading stories” Seb -Y1

"Reading books is good because we learn new words." Holly -Y5

"I like reading new stories and poems." Jane - Y5

" Reading takes you on different adventures." Harley - Y5



How can I help support my child with their reading?

We value the support that parents can offer with reading and actively encourage all children to read outside of school.  Research proves that children who read outside of school are more likely to read at their expected age so  we work with Parents to facilitate this.

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