Our School Values






What is the intent of the Reading curriculum at Sir Alexander Fleming Primary School and Nursery?

Reading is a crucial part of our curriculum and a key life skill. At Sir Alexander Fleming we have a passion and love for reading. It is our highest priority that children develop reading for pleasure through the rich reading culture we create and that they develop personal tastes and opinions. We aim to create successful, confident readers who enjoy reading aloud and performing to others.

A Sir Alexander Fleming reader will have a secure phonic knowledge and be able to decode words fluently. They will have an extending knowledge of grammar, sentence and text structure and vocabulary. Children will be good comprehenders and be able to understand a range of texts and use skills such as retrieval, prediction and inference.

Children will be thoughtful and critical readers who can analyse and interpret many aspects and view points of texts and distinguish between fact and fiction. They will be able to reflect, question and debate.

Our teaching of reading is underpinned by our belief that reading unlocks children’s potential in all other curriculum areas. It is our long term aim that children will use reading to further their knowledge in other subjects. We also recognise that our whole-school curriculum offer develops our children’s background and contextual knowledge and in turn their comprehension skills.

How do our children learn to read successfully?

Children are given many opportunities at our school to develop and apply their reading skills. Teaching strategies are used in accordance with pupils’ age and level of attainment and learning needs.

We teach high-quality phonics on a daily basis to children.

Children read independently to adults using books matched to their phonic ability.

We teach guided reading to develop children’s comprehension and decoding skills.

We teach reading by using quality texts in a range of genres. These texts are also used to inspire writing.

How do we support parents to help their children to become better readers?

We encourage our parents to read with their child every day. Parents record their children’s reading on Seesaw by taking a photograph, video or making a comment. We provide parents with examples of comprehension questions, which they can use with texts their child is reading at home in order to support their child’s understanding.

We invite our parents to morning reading sessions and phonics sessions.

The Aims of Our Reading Policy

Reading policy 2020

Children will:

  • Have high quality phonics skills
  • Have an extending grammatical knowledge
  • Have contextual understanding and meaning
  • Be able to question and debate
  • Analyse and interpret view points
  • Develop personal tastes and opinions
  • Explore and develop their vocabulary
  • Understand the impact of sentence structure
  • Develop their comprehension skills including being able to infer
  • Look at texts for details in order to draw conclusions, predict and make judgements
  • Be able to skim and scan texts
  • Explore story, character, plot and setting
  • Distinguish between fact and fiction
  • Participate in play reading
  • Read aloud to others and perform

Please see our Progression of Skills Document in order to see the expectations by the end of each year group.

Progression of skills in Reading

Phonics Scheme of Work

Our Reading Vision

We want all our children, by the end of the EYFS, to be able to know a range of traditional stories. They will be able to act out stories using props and puppets. They will know stories from their reading spine and be able to make attempts at retelling them. They will apply their phonetic knowledge to read phonetically plausible books.

We want all our children, by the end of KS1 to have built up a repertoire of stories including their knowledge of fairy tales and traditional tales. They will be aware of their interests and be able to talk about reasons why they enjoyed a book. Children will be able to innovate stories and create their own. They will be reliable decoders and become fluent and expressive readers.

We want all our children by the end of KS2 to become effective, competent communicators and good listeners.  They will be able to read, discuss and respond to a variety of texts at an age appropriate level. They will express opinions, articulate their feelings and formulate their responses to a range of texts of different genres. Children will foster an interest in words and their meanings and develop a growing vocabulary. It is our hope that all children will develop a love of and real eagerness for reading, choosing texts appropriately and sharing them enthusiastically. We will aim to equip all children with the reading skills to access the curriculum and the wider world around them.

Ultimately, reading is a master skill, and it will unlock the academic curriculum in all subjects. Reading enables pupils to expand their experiences and opens doors to other worlds!

Katie Reese – Reading Lead