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At Dundale we foster an expectation that children will actively read a text that has the appropriate challenge. We endorse the National Curriculum, which states that pupils should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Reading is singled out as of extreme importance since through it ‘pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually’ (p13) Reading allows pupils to ‘acquire knowledge’ and to ‘build on what they already know’ (p13).

We have a library facility and support and encourage reading at home.

The 2014 Curriculum divides reading skills into two dimensions:

  • Word reading/ decoding
  • Comprehension

We recognise that both these elements are essential to success and we support the acquisition of both sets of skills through various methods. We recognise that these areas are clearly linked to the other aspects of English learning: speaking and listening, writing, grammar and vocabulary. We also understand that reading is a developmental process and part of life-long learning and we encourage and praise children at every stage of it.


Home reading books

EYFS and KS1

Our focus is for a child’s Reading level should to correspond to phonic level currently working on. Therefore, early-banded home reading books should be decodable in relation to current learning in phonics.

Reading for all

Our aim is that home reading books continue to develop the children's reading sentence quality, stamina, vocabulary and content.

Home/school link books are recorded in, during every guided reading session/reading opportunity. Books are monitored to ensure children are reading a minimum of 3 times per week.


We focus on developing pupils skills in reading during our Guided Reading sessions, which are tailored to the need of the class either through a carousel system including the ‘Reading Gang’-see the attached Reading progression which outlines the skill progression.  

We encourage all to read widely, through our use of differing class texts, reading corners in the classroom which have more challenging texts to take home and high quality attractive books in classrooms which link to the current learning and pupils’ interest. As well as access to the school non-fiction library.

Pupils are encouraged to read for pleasure using reading partners, quiet reading time, listening to an adult read and other various methods.

Reading Curriculum Overview