Curriculum and Learning

Reading Curriculum

Reading at BPA

Why do we teach reading?

At Bluecoat Primary, we LOVE reading. We believe passionately that all children should be taught the necessary skills to enable them to read easily, fluently and with good understanding.  Our goal is for all children to develop the habit of reading widely and often for both pleasure and information. We teach reading (word recognition and language comprehension) in a range of agreed ways using whole school resources.  For those children who are finding reading difficult we provide extra support and alternative approaches to support them in becoming more effective readers.

How do we teach reading?

We recognise and understand the importance that word reading is a crucial step for reading success therefore we place emphasis on the learning of phonics the early stages of reading. However, as reading involves many skills, phonics must be taught alongside reading fluency and comprehension.  This, along with developing and fostering a love and appreciation of reading through the frequent and explicit sharing of books and a reading rich ethos and environment supports our pupil’s reading journey within the school setting.

Some specific ways this is done include:

English/writing Sequence

As reading and writing are intrinsically linked, all English sequences of learning will naturally include the direct teaching of reading.  Children cannot be successful writers without being exposed to a breadth of different reading materials.  Each sequence of learning will have a text as its main driver to inspire and support the writing process.

Reading Curriculum

Separate to the reading lessons taught during an English sequence, each year group is to be taught its own reading curriculum delivered through whole class reading or guided reading sessions (or a combination of both).

Class Novel

To promote a love of reading, expose children to vocabulary and to ensure all children experience the pleasure of having a story read aloud, every class is to be read to daily by their class teacher

Teach in 10

The value of hearing children read aloud cannot be underestimated.  It develops confidence, fluency and comprehension as well as proving to be an invaluable assessment tool for teaching staff.  Therefore, all children should be heard read by their class teacher reading their banded book throughout a half term.

Reading for Pleasure

At Bluecoat we aim to ensure that our children develop a love and passion for reading. This will be demonstrated via children making informed choices when selecting a book to read; recommending books to each other and having the confidence to stop reading a book if they are not enjoying it. Children will understand that they can not only get pleasure from reading fiction books, but may demonstrate that non-fiction books can also bring joy. Children will choose to read a variety of materials including newspapers and magazines which will be in the school environment.

We achieve this in many ways including reading class novels daily, having exciting and well stocked reading corners which promote a love of reading, allowing children to take home bed time stories and books from the reading racks outside of classrooms, visits to our local library, weekly deliveries of magazines and newspapers for each class and weekly Stay and Read sessions, where parents come and read in school with their children.

What do we teach in Reading?

Please click on the icons below to see the phonics progression and reading progression through the school.



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