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Primary School


Being a Reader including early reading and phonics

Lead Readers:

Mrs Bowman and Mr Baker


At Stanbridge, we believe that reading is central to our ability to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us. We understand that it  ignites creativity, sparks curiosity, and stimulates the imagination in young children and adults alike.  The ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at school and beyond. As success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum, it is given a high priority in our school.


How do we teach Reading and why has this approach been chosen?


Children follow the same format of lessons across Reception and Key stage 1. 

Daily sessions of Read Write Inc phonics take place in EYFS and Year 1 for all children. 

In years 2-6 we have a skills based approach to reading.  The key skills that are taught are vocabulary, explanation, retrieval, inference, summary and prediction.

We teach these skills through a daily, whole class, guided reading session where the children are given a clear structure to work within. Teaching sequences can be adapted however depending on the needs of our pupils.

Why is this right for children at Stanbridge?


It is essential that our approach to reading supports our philosophy of our school and supports our drive to create ambitious and brave pupils who love to read. We want this to stay with them after they leave Stanbridge. By prioritising reading our children, know more, remember more and understand more!

We will know our approach has been successful through analysing data, hearing children read and discussing their understanding of a variety of texts.



  • We have raised the profile of reading across the whole school.

  • Reading is highly valued throughout the school community.

  • An evidenced increase in staff confidence has led to an increase in the quality of teaching and learning



  • We aim to develop our library space to make it an even more appealing environment in which to learn.
  • Continue to develop a 'love of reading' philosophy throughout the school.
  • Enhance further the teaching and learning or guided reading.

100 Books to read before leaving Stanbridge

Here is a great list of books, voted for by the Stanbridge staff, for children of all ages.  The titles are old and new, classics and recently published. These books are sure to inspire more reading and a love of books for years to come.