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What does reading look like at Dore Primary School?

Reading is woven into every lesson at Dore Primary School. Children recognise that reading is essential in all that we do, whether we are choosing what to have from the lunch menu or pondering the morning maths challenge; our children are reading to understand the world around them.

Early Reading and Phonics

All children in Foundation Stage and KS1 have a daily phonics lesson.

The aim of phonics is to:

  • Develop children’s confidence in recognising new letters and sounds
  • Provide children with an effective strategy to decode new words and blend them together
  • Increase children’s fluency in reading and spelling new words

Our Early Reading and Phonics Policy (see attachment below - coming soon) explains our approach. 

How does daily phonics impact children’s learning?

  • Children use phonics first and fast when meeting new words which they can then apply in their spelling as well as their reading
  • Using songs and actions reduces cognitive demand on pupils when recalling the new sounds
  • Children develop a deeper understanding of the English language and spelling rules for future learning
  • In 2019 92% of Y1s passed the phonic screening check and 98% of pupils had passed this check by the end of KS1.

1:1 Reading

Our early readers in the Foundation Stage read aloud to a member of staff at least once a week; this quality 1:1 session gives early readers the time and reassurance that is needed in the early stages of reading. Children, including those beyond the Foundation stage, who require a little more support when learning to read are prioritised in this way with ‘catch up quick’ sessions.

Guided Reading

Children in KS1 and KS2 read aloud to a teacher as part of a small guided reading group. As a group, children enjoy sharing a text and exploring the impact of narrative features together. Children practise comprehension questions as part of this process.

Book Study

Children in KS1 and KS2 benefit greatly from participating in Book Study. This is time for children to sit back and enjoy listening to a teacher read a rich and powerful text. Teachers are experts at reading these texts in a way to entice children into the story and leave them wanting more. Then together, as a class, children study and analyse snippets of the text, all learning and reflecting together.

Promoting a Love of Reading

We are passionate about promoting a love of reading at Dore Primary School. Here are just some of the extras we do to provide children with opportunities to enjoy reading:

  • World Book Day
  • Book Fairs
  • First News (newspaper) delivered to Y2 – Y6 classrooms
  • Access to our school library
  • Reading corners in every classroom
  • Story Sacks for Foundation Stage
  • Mystery Reader – parents invited in to share their favourite book



What does writing look like at Dore Primary School?

Whether children are writing to parents, to invite them to come and see the school nativity, or writing to entertain fellow peers with a magical and mysterious adventure story, children at Dore Primary School write with a purpose and audience in mind. Children are taught to become accomplished writers through a teaching sequence:

What is the teaching sequence?

 1. Immersion

Children are immersed into their new learning, whether this be a school visit, a play or current news headlines, there is always something to ‘hook’ them in

2. Analysis and skills

Children study texts for inspiration, ideas and understanding

3. SPaG

(spelling, punctuation and grammar) taught in context

4. Plan

Together, children agree and create a success criteria to plan for their writing

5. Write

Children write for a real purpose, having had meaningful build up to get them to this stage

6. Review

Self and peer assessment, adapting and improving writing

(See the attachment below which explains the teaching sequence for writing in more detail).

What is the impact of the teaching sequence?

  • A collaborative, step by step approach that prepares children to succeed as effective writers
  • All elements of becoming a successful writer covered in a meaningful context
  • Children understand the writing process and gain a deeper understanding of text, audience and purpose for future projects
  • High quality writing produced across school 

What are the writing non-negotiables?

The writing non-negotiables are key features of narrative which are taught in each year group to support children’s written work. At Dore Primary School, children are encouraged to check their writing carefully for these ‘non-negotiables’ before finishing their work. Time given to this self-assessment ensures the ‘basics’ are covered.

(See attachment below for more detail on the non-negotiables)

Promoting a love of writing

As well as this writing sequence, we promote a love of writing in many other ways:

Georgina Bradley,
22 Apr 2020, 05:55
Richard Hanks,
6 Jun 2018, 07:33