At West Melton Primary School we strive to ensure every child develops a love of reading.

We do this through:

  • Teaching of the Reciprocal Reading approach to reading from EYFS to Year 6. This is through age appropriate teaching of these skills. We teach the reading skills of:-
    • prediction
    • clarification
    • questioning
    • summarising

    This is done through whole class reading of shared texts, guided and smaller group work, partner group and for some children with 1:1 teaching and support according to their reading ability and needs.

  • Teaching of comprehension skills and modelling how to approach different styles of comprehension questions;
  • Using a whole class text specifically for their age range;
  • Weekly Book Share assemblies and regular discussions around book recommendations;
  • Daily phonics teaching in EYFS and KS1 to support decoding skills;
  • Reading interventions tailored to the reading needs of the children with small group work and 1-1 reading;
  • School Books linked to our school values;
  • A text led curriculum using high quality texts;
  • Reading competitions and author visits;
  • Organising for parent volunteers to listen to children read;
  • Well stocked class libraries.


Reading and Phonics

Our primary approach to phonics is the Read Write Inc programme for Foundation Stage and KS1 with some children accessing this programme as intervention in KS2.

Our primary reading scheme for FS and early KS1 is Oxford Reading Tree. We use these reading books to support the teaching and learning of phonics, which is the primary approach to teaching early reading.

In addition to this phonics based scheme, we also use a range of other books which support the teaching of further reading and comprehension skills. These include:

  • Project X
  • Rigby Rockets / Rigby Star
  • Collins Big Cats
  • Usborne Readers

We also teach from a wide range of levelled picture books, information books and chapter books by independent authors.

In KS2, we continue to teach reading using books from the list above but as children become more competent fluent readers, we also use a wider range of novels and extended texts to challenge and interest them at an age appropriate level through a book study.

We are using clarifying techniques to find out the meaning of new words we come across.

New words we clarified as part of our work on The Sheep Pig were:- developments, education, despite and hazard.