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In Early Years and Keys Stage 1 we teach reading through a systematic synthetic phonics approach, using segmenting and blending as the prime approach to reading. Children progress through the Phonics phases so that by the end of Year 2 they are secure in their knowledge.


Children at Dundry are taught to read using phonically decodable books to support their reading journey. Once a child is secure and reading fluently, they will then move to book banded levels. Children are encouraged to read a variety of genres and sources of text with regular access to the class and school library. We use home contact journals to record your child’s reading journey both at school and at home.

Reading books are graded according to Book Band; we have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of reading schemes e.g. Harper Collins Big Cat Books, Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Tree Tops.

Stories are regularly shared in class encouraging a love of reading and for stimulating children’s imaginations. Through reading sessions, children learn to develop fluency, expression and comprehension skills. They explore a range of texts, taking note of the author’s style of writing, vocabulary, use of punctuation, etc. and looking at the similarities and differences between different text types.

We continue using Book Bands graded reading scheme until the children are confident independent readers. When children have acquired the skills for reading, usually by the time they enter KS2, they move to our Accelerated Reader system (online).

Throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 we support children’s reading in a variety of ways: Hearing children read in one-to-one sessions, small guided reading groups and whole class reading sessions.

In Key Stage Two children’s reading is focused around a core text. The whole class approach allows all children to access the high quality text and develop their skills of inference, deduction and comprehension.

The whole school have the opportunity to visit the school library on a regular basis and take books home.


Children are encouraged to read a minimum of four times across the week. Reading journals in KS1 and Homework diaries in KS2 are used as a communication tool between home and school. Each week class-reading percentages are shared on the newsletter. At the end of each term children who have consistently read four times or more each week are entered into a raffle and the winner is able to buy a book to the value of £5.

We welcome parents, carers and volunteers to come into school to hear children read.


EYFS reading questions

Questions to help your child during reading


View our Reading Progression Document for the whole school

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