Teaching of Reading

Developing a Love of Reading

At Knypersley we aim to foster a love of reading! There are many things we do to create excitement and enjoyment of reading. These include:

  • Storytelling-all children enjoy listening to a story at the end of each day
  • ERIC time – whole class exploration of books
  • Using high quality, engaging texts-we ensure that we match text to the interests of the children, enduring we cover a range of themes, genres, cultures and authors.
  • Themed days – we hold book themed days and events both as individual classes and across the whole school
  • Local Library– we have good links with our local library and all children are encouraged to participate in the summer reading challenge.
  • Book Fairs are held to allow all children the chance to look at new books of all genres and hopefully purchase a new book of their own to take home!
  • Our School Library – the use of our own library. Every child takes a book from our growing library to read at home alongside their ‘home-school’ banded reading book. Each class has a regular slot to visit our library.
  • Reading Ranch Parent and Child Lending Library-each year group has a slot after school to borrow a book to share at home. *Our Reading Ranch will not be open during bad weather.*

Reading Ranch lending library poster

Please see my 'Spotlight on Reading' pages from our recent newsletter, for more information on our core reading offer at Knypersley and the reading opportunities that we have at Knypersley:

Spotlight on reading- 29.09.23


Reading Books

We ensure that our reading schemes encourage children to apply the new phonological knowledge they have gained by providing them with decodable home reader reading books from schemes such as Big Cat Collins Phonics, Oxford University Press and  Project X . Alongside these schemes we use Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree and a wide range of appropriately levelled real books to ensure children develop a great love of reading and have an opportunity to embed the application of key reading skills.

As children become confident readers, they read books that are closely matched to their reading ability. Children are encouraged to read books more than once to focus on different aspects of reading such as building fluency, reading aloud with confidence and verbal comprehension skills.

1st time - to decode and read unfamiliar words or new words

2nd time - to build fluency (read it at a quicker pace and self-correcting as required)

3rd time - for comprehension (the understanding of the story, they should be more fluent, therefore be able to answer questions about the text including inference, when the words do not tell you everything!)


Please click the following document for lots of tips to support your child with their reading at home: