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Teaching Reading at Scunthorpe Church Of England Primary

Why we teach reading as we do:


What is the impact  of our reading curriculum?

  • To read in line with age related expectations
  • To demonstrate reading stamina; reading for extended periods of time appropriate for their age.
  • To talk passionately and excitedly about the books they have read ·
  • To make recommendations about books and authors.
  • To read with fluency appropriate for their age.
  • To comprehend a text by applying the skills of reading inference, retrieval, summary, making connections and visualising.


Reading in Early Years

Reading is at the heart of our Foundation Stage curriculum. A consistent approach to phonics teaching through The Little Wandle Letters and Sounds revised programme, teaches children how to segment and blend words, recognise tricky words and apply taught skills.

Alongside our phonics teaching, we develop children’s love of reading rough reading aloud, telling stories, singing songs and learning rhymes, which develop children's engagement, vocabulary and auditory skills. Each teaching space has a cosy book area where children can enjoy books independently or share them with friends. Promoting reading and a love of literature from an early age is key in our Foundation Stage and throughout a child's journey with us. 

In nursery children take home ‘chatter books’ pack- these are designed to support early reading skills and further develop an enjoyment of stories and rhymes.

In reception, we send home phonically decodable books, these have been shared three times with a teacher in a small group and enable children to embed their phonic skills. Children will also choose a book of interest (reading for pleasure) which they can share at home.

Each month we share the book which children receive though ‘The imagination library’. Workshops and stay and play sessions are also organised to further support ‘book’ enjoyment.

Book chatter sessions are run for our nursery children as part of their transition into school, each session is based around a book or rhyme, with activities which develop language and literacy skills, develop children’s imagination and emotional well-being.

We are also part of the Book Trust, where children receive a free book and resources to support reading together at home and take part in events to promote this.



Scunthorpe Church Of England Primary School uses  Accelerated Reader. 

Impact:  To demonstrate reading stamina; reading for extended periods of time appropriate for their age.

Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer based programme.https://www.renaissance.com/products/accelerated-reader/ We use Accelerated Reader (AR)  to match books to our children's  Zone of Proximal Development , reading ability. Personalized goals help our children to  stay focused on the factors that matter most for reading growth. AR aides our teachers to  monitor their children's progress and provide feedback to keep learners on track

Following a reading baseline test called the STAR Reader Test the children are assessed and given a ZPD range. Our children have 4x 20mins  independent reading sessions to read and quiz on their chosen book. Rewards are built in to our school AR as when acieving 100% on a quiz the children’s name goes into a prize draw box to be drawn at half termly intervals with the prize a token for an individual  non-uniform day! Children's STAR level is tested every other term:  progress is shared with the children  and new reading targets set. 

Reading For Pleasure


  • To talk passionately and excitedly about the books that they have read . 
  • To make recommendations about books and authors 

Built into our weekly timetable we set aside time for children to read and share books that are not levelled (ZPD ) During this time children rotate between visiting our school library ,  visiting  Scunthorpe Library and talking books with their class.  

  • Community Librarian sent our school this message Jan 2022. 

    "It's great to see the children's library busy with your pupils, they are always well behaved and an absolute pleasure to have. You should be very proud and thank you for bringing them in."

Books that I will read with my class or will be read to me by my teacher.

Above is an example of a Year 5 Reading Spine. Each year group's spine documents the following:  read aloud books, whole class guided reading texts and poetry. 

Impact: To comprehend a text by applying the skills of reading inference, retrieval, summary, making connections and visualising.


Reading Champions

Meet our Year 5 Reading Champions ! 

Our Reading Champions have taken part in North Lincolnshire's Reading Champion training and each week they read to, talk books  and play word games with  their buddy from Year 2 and Year 3. 


Meeting the author...

We have had two authors visit our school this year. Marcia Williams, an award winning illustrator and author, visited Year 5. We have read her books in our English lessons and so were so excited to meet her in person! Reception and Year 1 met Emma Bowden. Emma read her story 'Handstitched Henry' to us all and told us lots of wonderful stories. 🐭 📚

Scunthorpe C of E's Virtual Library

Have a look at our Virtual Library where you can read a book online or listen to an audiobook.

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The teaching of writing at Scunthorpe Church Of England Primary

Writing in Early Years

In the EYFS we support children’s writing composition by reading carefully chosen stories, talking to children, re-phrasing what they have said and then modelling correct sentence structures. Elements of Jane Considine’s ,The Write Stuff are used which put communication at the heart of our teaching. During literacy lessons children’s language development is nurtured through developing ideas, strengthening talk and widening writing opportunities. We support children to share their ideas during shared writing sessions and in the continuous play provision. Vocabulary is developed and extended using the ‘Grandma’s basket’ scaffold with adult led sessions containing teacher modelling, shared writing and finally moving onto independent writing opportunities.

Writing in KS1 and KS2 

At Scunthorpe Church Of England Primary we employ the Jane Consodine Writing Model, The Write Stuff . The Write Stuff model is based on two guiding principles; teaching sequences that slide between experience days and sentence stacking lessons. Central to The Write Stuff is teachers modelling the thinking as a writer process. Lessons are broken into bite-sized writing  chunks and taught under the structural framework of The Writing Rainbow. Teachers prepare children for writing by modelling the ideas, grammar or techniques of writing. 

Following a Jane Consodine writing unit the children will use a Book Study  ( see above for example of our book spine ) as a writing stimulus. Again our teachers will model the thinking as a writer process and will enrich the writing experience by drawing  children's attention to the author's intent , vocabulary choice,  use of grammar to add to the meaning of a passage and writing style. 

Teaching Sequence.

Impact of our writing curriculum.

The impact of our writing currciulum is that our children will write to,

  • persuade others,
  • record information,
  • create imaginary worlds,
  • express feelings,
  • entertain others,
  • advise ,
  • chronicle experiences,
  • explore the meaning of events and situations such as religious festivals.
  • Refer to their written work to aide confidence when  speaking
  • Change and edit ideas so that children are continually improving  their writing
  • Write when they are ready so they are confident to put their ideas on paper
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