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 At Gravel Hill we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want pupils to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors, and be able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they gain from texts. We want every child to leave Gravel Hill with the skills of an excellent reader who:

  • reads easily, fluently and with good understanding across a variety of text types
  • demonstrates reading for information, as well as for pleasure
  • has acquired a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language 
  • has an understanding of our British literacy heritage, having studied key authors and texts in depth
  • can access knowledge from all curriculum areas/subjects in order to develop personal targets and interests


Teaching reading- KS2

Reading is taught to the whole class in KS2, following Talk for Reading principles and is a skills based approach using extracts of quality texts. Texts and extracts of texts are carefully selected at the beginning of the year and then planned around for a three-week unit where a main skill is focussed upon for this unit, in great depth. Texts chosen, link to the wider curriculum and teachers plan ahead for these links for the whole year.  Teachers listen to groups of children read once a week and dialogue with them about the book, their understanding and fluency, providing one-to-one feedback, including modelling fluency and intonation. The rest of the class reads independently for pleasure during this time. Teaching assistants teach their own group of children as planned for by the teacher. Children with SEND or EAL are planned for so that they can access the learning and the text at their level. Teachers use termly formative assessment to inform the skills their classes need to focus on for the next Reading units.  

 Home Reading

Home Reading Scheme: EYFS and KS1 use Big Cat Collins books for home Reading. The books match the phonics ability of the children so that Phonics is constantly being reinforced and applied at home, enabling the child to fully access the text. Children are also encouraged to take home a book of their choice to read for pleasure. KS2 readers choose reading books from their classroom bookshelves (with initial guidance from teachers) which are appropriate for their year group. We actively encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to support and reinforce the skills being taught in school. Workshops and parent support videos are available to support this.

Logging reading and rewards: We use BoomRead app which is an electronic system for parents to log their child’s home reading. Children are expected to read a minimum of five times a week every week during term time. For children who achieve this, there are half termly reward parties to celebrate their reading success.


Marking and Feedback: Feedback and marking should be completed, where possible, within the lesson. This could be whole class or verbally to individual children, assuring all children make progress within the lesson and identifying children who need support quickly. All marking and feedback is given in line with our marking and feedback policy.  Children who are identified as making slow progress during pupil progress meetings, will receive interventions based on their learning gaps identified through assessment.

Summative Assessment: Summative assessments will be entered into Pixl each term after children complete comprehension test papers. 

Reading for pleasure

Shared Reading: All classes spend between ten and fifteen minutes of the school day being read to by the teacher. These texts have been handpicked by the Reading leader, ensuring children in all year groups are exposed to suitable, challenging and diverse books.

School Library visits: Each week, classes spend time in the school library reading for pleasure.

Lunchtime outdoor Reading: KS2 have access to a reading book trolley and some comfy seating very lunchtime.

Designated time: Throughout the week, each class spends time reading quietly. The children will read a book independently from their classroom library solely for the purpose of reading for pleasure.


- Pupils will enjoy reading across a range of genres

- Pupils of all abilities will be able to succeed in all reading lessons

- Pupils will use a range of strategies for decoding words, not solely relying on phonics

- Pupils will have a good knowledge of a range of authors

- Pupils will be ready to read in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education

-Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading at home, and contribute regularly to home-school records

- The % of pupils working at ARE within each year group will be at least in line with national averages.

- The % of pupils working at Greater Depth within each year group will be at least in line with national averages

-The will be no significant gaps in the progress of different groups of pupils (e.g. disadvantaged vs non-disadvantaged)

Reading Overview

Helping your child read at home