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Reading is the key to becoming an independent learner!

By the end of Year 2 we aim that the children will:

  • Read with increasing fluency, confidence and understanding
  • Read with enjoyment
  • Have a growing understanding of how to use phonics and spelling rules to read accurately
  • Have an interest in words and in increasing vocabulary
  • Enjoy a wide variety of books, texts and authors

Our teaching methods include:

  • Detailed and progressive teaching of Reading and Phonics from Nursery to Year 2 
  • A Reading scheme - matched to children’s reading of sounds ability
  • Real reading - support and challenge to read labels, signs, displays, instructions, class work, non-fiction texts
  • Phonics - learning initial sounds, combination of sounds and whole words, and developing decoding skills
  • Library lessons - including class, group and individual reading of stories, poems, rhymes, plays, posters and information texts. Children are also taught to use and understand technical vocabulary e.g.  author, character, title, index.
  • Use of school library to borrow and research from books
  • Reading activities through cross-curricular activities including computing
  • Extra events and activities - including celebrating ‘World Book Week’, ‘National Storytelling Week’, ‘National Poetry Day’

Our teaching staff will:

  • Promote and foster a love of reading and books
  • Model the act of reading through ‘Shared Reading’ and provide focused support through ‘Guided Reading’
  • Assess children’s progress and attainment continuously, providing support and challenge
  • Create environments that are ‘print rich’ and ‘reading friendly’
  • Liaise with parents/carers through ‘Busy Bee’ reading diaries and provide suggestions/support for parents/carers in the development of their child’s reading through letters, Parent’s Evenings, written reports, IEPs and Parent’s Meetings
  • Provide differentiated tasks, activities, class work, reading scheme books and homework.
  • Encourage volunteers to support children’s reading in school
  • Report Reception EYFSP Scores, Year 1 Phonics Check and Year 2 SATs levels to parents/carers
  • Write and implement specific plans and support in Reading for specific children

Teaching Reading at KINS


Please see our ‘Curriculum’ tab for detailed teaching plans progressing from Nursery to Year 2 for:

Word Reading: Phonics & decoding; Common Exception words; Fluency 

Comprehension: Understanding & correcting inaccuracies; Comparing, contrasting, commenting; Words in context & authorial choice; Inference & Prediction; Poetry & Performance; Non-fiction

Key Texts & Authors

- Phonics Phases