Key Stage 2 Reading

The new national curriculum programmes of study for reading at key stage 2 consist of two dimensions:

  • word reading
  • 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 2, as decoding skills become increasingly more secure from the daily phonics teaching received in key stage 1, children are taught to understand the meaning of words they read through knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes.

Children who still need support to acquire phonics skills are targeted in small groups. In lower key stage 2 (year 3 and 4) our children will be working towards developing their vocabulary and breadth of their reading across a wider range of books including poetry, plays, stories and information books. This is done through guided group work and shared reading in whole class teaching.

Our school’s use of Islington School Library Service ensures high quality texts are always available to the children, in addition to books found in our on-site library. Our children are able to use these library facilities during designated lessons and lunchtimes, for both pleasure and to support their learning across the curriculum.

By upper key stage 2 (year 5 and 6) the children will be confident to read age-appropriate books independently and present their understanding to others, through whole class activities or guided group work. Our key stage 2 children enjoy extra curricular opportunities in school such as assisting in the running of the school library, entering book review competitions and participating in ‘Book Week’ activities that help to challenge their depth of knowledge about books.

All of children in our school take home independent reading books to share with adults at home to encourage their reading for pleasure and develop learning in this home-school partnership.