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We teach reading so that our children can communicate confidently, participate in society, enjoy developing their knowledge of the world, vocabulary and imagination and have good mental health. We believe children need to read accurately, fluently and with good understanding.


Core Learning in Reading is:

  • Accurate reading
  • Fluent reading
  • Reading comprehension
  • Enjoyment of reading
  • Breadth of reading (knowledge of the world)


To see our whole school long term plan for reading, please click here.

Phonics and Early Reading

Our school has chosen Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our systematic, synthetic phonics (SSP) programme to teach early reading and spelling.

Phonics is:

“making connections between the sounds of our spoken words and the letters that are used to write them down.” 

If you want to find out more about Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, click on the link


Reading in the EYFS and KS 1

How do we teach reading in books?

Reading practice sessions are:

  • timetabled at least three times a week
  • taught by a trained teacher/teaching assistant
  • taught in small groups

Reading in KS 2

Reading sessions:

  • are taught in class groups
  • continue to develop children’s decoding, fluency and prosody skills
  • focus on teaching new reading skills including: retrieval, vocabulary, inference, summarising, predicting, comparing and contrasting and discussing authors choice
  • children also read one to one with an adult

At all stages we use assessment to match your child to the right level of reading book.

This means that your child should:

  • Know all of the sounds and tricky words in their reading book well
  • Reading many of the words by silent blending (in their head) – their reading will be automatic
  • Only need to stop and sound out about 5% of the words in the book

Reading at home

All children have access to Bug Club.

The children can choose from a selection of books set by their teacher that they can read independently. There are questions to answer and rewards that they can earn.



Reading for Enjoyment

Reading for pleasure books also go home for parents to share and read to children.

At Crosby, children have access to a choice of library books that they can bring home and share with their families. These are books that the child chooses to read and talk about at home.

We also have daily sessions when adults read specifically selected books to share with the class. These are based on the age and stage of the children.

Our Foundation Stage children are also encouraged to sign up for the Imagination Library.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting programme devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Each month, enrolled children from birth to age five, receive a high quality, age appropriate book in the post, free of charge.

Our school Reading Champions organise reading for pleasure events such as book fairs and book swaps.

Medium Term Plans

Copies of the medium term plans for 2021-2022 can be found below.

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