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KS1 & KS2 Reading


Individual Reading

  • All children should have a school reading book from the reading scheme/library.
  • Pupils should be on a suitable level, using the Reading Behaviours booklet/observations.
  • This level is to be regularly reviewed, every half term/term in order to assess progression and kept on a class list.
  • Books are to be changed/reviewed on a regular basis (minimum weekly, depending on the book) and written in both reading records, one of which will stay in school as a permanent record.
  • Staff need to sign/comment/praise when a reading book has been changed.
  • KS1-books will be changed by an adult
  • KS2-books will be changed independently by each pupil, using the coloured banding scheme.
  • Voluntary readers should be also encouraged to complete reading records.The school reading records will continue through the school with the child.

Guided Reading

  • Guided reading sessions are held on a daily basis in  through all key stages.
  • Children are grouped with others of a similar ability and texts are picked to match that level. These groups need to be monitored and changed every half term if necessary.
  • The coloured band level each group are on should be the same or one level higher than individual reading books, depending on the level on challenge you would like.
  • Notes from each session need to be recorded by all staff, in order to monitor/assess reading progression and target areas for the next session. (These will be passed to the next year teacher.)
  • The use of key questions, including those based on the assessment focuses is encouraged, to help develop reading skills.
  • The content of guided reading sessions will vary depending on each key stage/level of ability, for example, the teaching of phonics and key words to inferential skills.
  • As with independent reading, each group’s book level needs to be regularly monitored.

When a guided reading session is completed, a simple comment needs to be put into pupils individual reading records so that parents know that their child has read in school that day-this can be in the form of stickers/stamp/signature.


Resources Individual Reading

  • This is organized into book band levels and is made up of a mix of fiction, poetry and non fiction titles from a range of published schemes e.g. Oxford Reading Tree.
  • These are kept in colour coded boxes in designated areas in FS, KS1 and KS2. There are posters of how the scheme works in all areas.
  • A book bag will be given to all KS2 pupils at the beginning of each school year.

Guided Reading

As with the individual reading books, guided reading sets are book banded and in colour coded boxes in FS, KS1 and KS2. There are several guided reading schemes, however there is a complete set of Rigby Star books which goes across all book band levels (with teaching guides), kept in KS1.

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