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Learning to read at Beedon


During their time in our school our readers:

  • Develop secure phonic knowledge which allows to become fluent independent readers who are able to apply their skills to research and learning and enjoy reading for pleasure
  • Show excellent comprehension skills and develop an extensive vocabulary
  • read every day and have access to quality books in our school library and classroom book corners
  • enjoy teacher led story times


Children are taught the skills of reading through whole class and group reading sessions. High quality texts are carefully selected to expose children to a range of books and genres written by both classic and modern authors. Selections are carefully made to engage and challenge our learners. Where appropriate, texts also linked closely to our work in other curriculum areas. This allows further opportunity for children to increase their knowledge and understanding. Children read as a class, with a partner and individually to further develop their oracy skills. Building on the phonic foundations established in Key Stage 1, there is a firm focus on the understanding of vocabulary and text analysis. Class discussion and comprehension sessions allow teachers to assess the children’s understanding and provide differentiated support.


Our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage 1. This way, children can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school.  We are incredibly proud of our phonics results.  Over the last 4 years every child has passed their screening check by the end of year 2 and we achieved 100% in Year 1 in 2018, and 2020.

By the end of Year 6 our children are competent readers who have read across a range of genres. They can actively engage in discussions about books and are able to evaluate language and discuss the effect on the reader. We aim for children to have developed a love of reading and actively engage in the inspirational experiences that reading can provide.  Our most recent  SATs results in 2019 showed that our pupils achieve well above average in reading. 90% of pupils reached the expected standard and 50% of pupils were working at greater depth.


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