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Reading is extremely important to the development of a child's literacy skills. It allows children to explore the world of langauge and develop their imaginations. It helps them to broaden their vocabulary and understand grammar and punctuation. The knowledge that they gain from reading improves their writing tremendously. 

In Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we listen to the children read at least once a week and engage in a variety of reading comprehension activities. Children in Key Stage 2 may read less frequently on an individual basis to an adult unless they need additional support with their reading. In addition, for children in Year groups 2- 6 there are two whole class (group) reading sessions per week.  We expect parents to read with their child at least 4 times a week at home. Here are some tips for reading at home: 

  • Make reading a time of pleasure for you both
  • Start sharing books even before your child knows which way to hold a book
  • Let them re read their favourite books and stories
  • Praise your child's efforts
  • Read books your child loves and don't set up reading as a test
  • Focus on the things which are right, not on the mistakes
  • Keep reading to children even after they've learned to read independently
  • Stop when they have had enough- reading is not a punishment
  • Read yourself to show your child you value reading
  • Visit the local library
  • Find out how phonics helps children get underway with reading

There are two elements to reading, decoding the words themselves and understanding the text. 

Word Reading 

The children learn phonics right from the beginning of their school lives. Phonics gives children the building blocks to read. More information about phonics can be found below. Reading frequently with children enable them to develop their ability to read the words and increase their fluency and site word bank. 


There are different types of comprehension questions that help children to develop a deeper understanding of the text these are:


Who wrote this? For whom? What is their purpose? What genre is it? Even non-fiction can be objective or subjective.


The answer is right there, in front of you, in the text


You need to be a detective, searching for clues, building up a picture of the plot, characters and meaning.


What do words actually mean, in the context of the passage?

There lots of different quesitons you can ask to develop these comprehension skills. A list of these questions can be found in the link below.

In school our books are colour banded. Please find below a document which summarises what is expected of the children at each colour band and the skills they need to learn.

Battle of the Books

To encourage children to read a wider range of books from different genres and authors, we run the Battle of the Books Challenge in each class.On completion of reading a book, children select one of the follow up tasks linked to the book. This helps to further develop discussion at home and to increase their understanding of what they have read. Depending on the children's ability, these books will be read individually or shared with an adult. This reading challenge starts in term 2 and ends at the beginning of July.

World Book Day



At Broad Town Primary School our aim is to develop children as confident writers. We want our children to value writing as an essential life skill and as a form of communication and expression of idea, thoughts and feelings. We emphasise that in order to communicate ideas, writing needs to contain correct spellings, grammar and punctutation, to make sense and be enjoyed by the reader.

Every opportunity is taken to develop writing skills for a range of purposes and a variety of audiences, both in literacy lessons and across the curricculum. One of the great ways we celebrate children's writing is through our school newspaper. All articles in the newspaper are written, chosen and edited by the children and makes for an excellent read!

Through constant provision, writing begins at an early age with mark making opportunites in every area.

We use a combination of strategies across the school in order to develop writing. Through Talk for Writing and Big Write children acquire all the skills they need to become confident writers.

At the beginning of every unit the children produce a 'cold' piece of writing and at the end of the unit they produce a 'hot' piece of writing. This enables us to see the progression that the children make through the unit. Talking, explicit SPAG (spelling, punctuation and Grammar) lesson and editing are some of the many strategies we use to develop our children as writers.

All children are given a writing target that is displayed in the front of their literacy books.


At Broad Town we follow the Dfes scheme of Letters and Sounds to teach our phonics. This is also supported by the Jolly Phonics actions. Once children have achieved phase 6 of Letters and Sounds the children are taught the appropriate year group spelling rules from the New National Curriculum.

We use a variety of resources in phonics and in class to support the children in reading and writing.From Year 2 to Year 6, the main resource for spelling is 'No Nonsense Spelling' and Rising Stars Spelling for Year 1.

Phonics and Reading

More information on phonics and reading is on our phonics and reading page.


With the new curriculum that came in, in 2014, there has been a massive change to the importance of handwriting. Here at Broad Town we have now introduced a new scheme Letter Join and have implemented a new handwriting policy (see attachment below).

All children will be taught handwriting with the entry and exit strokes from foundation stage. If you would like any help or advice on how we teach handwriting in school please feel free to ask your child's teacher.

Your child can also access Letter join at home and the login details are as follows www.letterjoin.co.uk user name lj1584 password home.

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