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KS1 Reading Guidance

Reading Guidance KS1

The rich reading curriculum on offer will incorporate a range of reading experiences to support the children’s reading development. These can be characterised as ‘reading to the children, reading with the children and reading by the children’ (Elborn 2015)” (The Power of a Rich Reading Classroom, CLPE, February 2020)

Teaching reading – explicit teaching of the knowledge and skills necessary for children to meet or exceed age-related expectations

Becoming a reader - practice to secure age-appropriate accuracy and fluency, to build a positive attitude to reading and to establish a community of avid readers



Teaching Reading 

Becoming a reader

  • 20-30 minutes targeted phonics daily
  • Weekly guided reading sessions (30 minutes) using a text closely matched to their phonic ability. Adult-led at least three times per week (Y1) or once per week (Y2).
  • Independent groups engage in follow-up word-reading and language comprehension tasks linked to their shared text, or spelling/phonics practice.
  • Reading aloud from a whole-class book in most Literacy lesson using ‘Power of Reading’ texts. Activities to develop language comprehension and word-reading using guidance provided by the CLPE plans.
  • In Year 2, weekly whole-class reading and questions to develop comprehension, using Schofield & Sims Comprehension resources or a similar matched resource.
  • Daily reading aloud from a whole class story book, e.g. familiar stories, traditional tales and fairy stories. 
  • A range of non-fiction texts to support the wider curriculum, relevant to the topic of study.  
  • Independent reading using texts from the well-stocked and engaging book corner.
  • Home reading book allocated based on each child’s current phonic level.
  • Home reading book self-selected from the termly library visit for an adult to read and discuss with them.
  • Adult facilitated group reading with volunteer adult (one afternoon per week).
  • Regular access to the school library.
  • Termly visit to the local public library.