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  • Intent

    At Dersingham, we believe that reading is an essential life skill and is key for academic success. Therefore, we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers.

     At the heart of our strategy is our drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through carefully designed teaching activities that utilise imaginative stories and thought-provoking texts.

    Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. We recognise the importance of taking a consistent whole school approach to the teaching of reading in order to close any gaps and to target the highest possible number of children attaining the expected standard or higher.

     We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves, persevere and pursue success, always ‘reaching for the stars.’

  • Implement

    All classes follow a structured 5-day approach to reading activities. All sessions are interactive and teachers facilitate speaking and listening opportunities, with children working independently. Pupil engagement in reading lessons is promoted through regular use of think-pair-share, responses on mini-whiteboards and collaborative tasks.


    High quality texts and passages are chosen, appropriate to the expectations of the year group or ability of children, and teachers use this to model the application of the agreed reading skills. Children are taught to identify words/phrases they don’t understand and strategies to fix breakdown in meaning. In addition, they are taught to relate the text to themselves, previous reading experiences and the world around them.

    Further to modelled sessions, children have the opportunity to read texts with greater independence and apply their skills when responding to the wide range of domain questions. More complex questions are evaluated between wider groups and teachers model how to refine answers to a high standard. Over a fortnightly period, all children take part in small group guided activities, which enables teachers to elicit the needs of children individually and identify areas for future development.

    At Dersingham, we believe that regular reading at home is an important tool in developing reading skills. Bug Club is used for home-reading to ensure that children experience a wide breadth of reading opportunities across different genres. In addition, it combines levelled books with interactive eBooks and an online reading world. Teachers allocate books to individual pupils and assess their progress instantly.

  • Impact

    We have a process of monitoring to ensure standards and this includes, observations, performance management and learning walks. Assessment for Learning techniques are incorporated in every Reading lesson, including feedback and appropriate marking. Each half term, Year Groups undertakes a formative assessment, the results of which are not published, but used for future planning and to highlight any individual learning gaps. Teachers make termly judgements for each pupil against year group expectations and bring this information to Pupil Progress meetings, alongside updates on intervention groups. We report the standards for individual pupils at the end of Reception, Year 2 and Year 6 and for pupils in Year 1 who take the Phonics screening check.

    By the time children leave Dersingham, they are fluent, confident and able readers, who can access a range of texts for pleasure and enjoyment, as well as use their reading skills to unlock and enhance their knowledge and understanding of all subjects on the curriculum. 

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