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Coopersale & Theydon Garnon C.E. (V.C) Primary School


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To view our school's Reading curriculum (CONTENT) progress maps, visit our Creative Curriculum webpage.

Reading at Coopersale

The National Curriculum 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’ Reading allows pupils to ‘acquire knowledge’ and to ‘build on what they already know’.

Reading is taught through:


At Coopersale we use Bug Club Phonics which is one of the DfE's approved phonics teaching programmes and aims to help all children learn to read by the age of six, in a fun and accessible way. Following the order of Letters and Sounds, Bug Club Phonics matches the National Curriculum and Early Learning Goals.

A graduated approach is used and children begin phonics as soon as they enter Reception class. Children are taught daily, discrete phonics session (15 – 20 minutes) from Reception to year 2 and where necessary in KS2, following the progression outlined in Letters and Sounds. It is vital that children are taught the skills to enable them to decode which is the step-up to word recognition.

Individual reading is used as an assessment tool, once every half-term, to aid target setting and future planning. The child reads aloud and is supported to use appropriate reading and/or comprehension strategies. This can take place with the class teacher and any support staff.

Reading aloud Teachers model on a weekly basis, intonation, fluency and enjoyment of reading thereby helping to foster enthusiasm and motivation, as well as broadening the language experience of the children. This is done through whole-class teaching of reading.

Independent reading Children are encouraged to engage in independent reading by given the opportunity to select and read according to personal preferences. Teachers encourage SQUIRT time (Super-Quiet-Uninterrupted-Reading Time), Book corners and our corridor libraries are well stocked with a range of genres.

Reciprocal reading is an approach to teaching reading that helps children develop their comprehension. It encourages dialogue and debate between children about the text.

What are we trying to achieve?

  • Develop a love of reading
  • Improve reading comprehension
  • Deepen the way pupils think about what they are reading
  • Encourage pupil talk

Our model for guiding reading:

  • A daily guided reading session with a group.
  • Mixed ability groups where lower attaining children can learn from higher attaining children’s contributions and different perspectives can be shared.
  • No taking notes during the session as this can inhibit pupil response and reduce the teacher’s engagement with the discussion.
  • Using the same text and questions for each guided reading group.
  • Differentiation is achieved through peer modelling: choosing a text that is accessible to all; and open-ended questions that can have a range of answers from the simple to the complex. Pupils can have the text read to them so they can access the text and practise their inference skills.

As well as the above, all children are provided with the opportunity to borrow 1 or 2 books each week from the library. Children are encouraged to choose books, which they are interested in and this helps to promote reading for pleasure.

Bug Club - our home-school reading support programme

A reading programme we use at Coopersale to help teach children to read, joining books with e-books, and giving access for home learning too

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