Key Stage 1 Reading

The new national curriculum programmes of study for reading at key stage 1 consist of two dimensions:

  • word reading (including phonics)
  • comprehension (both listening and reading).

We ensure that we cover the statutory requirements, as outlined in the national curriculum September 2014, through detailed medium term and weekly planning, and take opportunities for cross-curricular planning where possible.

In key stage 1, reading builds on work completed in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). As in the EYFS, children are taught to read by applying phonics skills and knowledge to decode words. This is taught in daily phonics lessons. Our teachers follow the DFE Letters and Sounds programme. We want our children to develop a love for reading from an early age.

We provide opportunities for the children to read for pleasure, for example: every child has an older child in the school as their ‘Reading Buddy’ – they share their favourite books on a weekly basis; classes have ‘Listening Stations’ where children can listen to books retold by significant children’s authors; vibrant book corners are regularly replenished with fact and fiction books that the children have researched and requested.

Children also use books to develop vocabulary and comprehension skills across all curriculum areas; we make sure that the reading material we use links to topic units, to ensure our children understand that reading helps them to acquire knowledge. Daily guided reading in small groups and whole class shared reading help to develop these comprehension skills.