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Reading at Backworth Park Primary School

At Backworth Park Primary School, we love reading! We read every day – without fail. Our teachers love reading and books are our passion.

We want all children to read easily, fluently and with good understanding by developing the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.  We want our children to acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge and of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language. We are committed to cultivating an appreciation to our rich and varied literary heritage. We aim to provide our pupils with a wide range of experiences in literature through a range of different subjects.


Our early learners are taught phonics sessions systematically, with a key focus on developing pupils decoding skills. From Reception onwards into Key Stage 1, pupils should be able to blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt. Children, in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 learn through a daily phonics session, following the Read, Write Inc programme. Children, in Year 1, are assessed half-termly on the phonic check to ensure that they are making progress.

Early Reading 

In our preschool provision, pupils have access to a range of familiar stories through whole class reading opportunities. In Nursery, pupils are given picture books and then phonic based reading books to read at home with parents using a guide given by the school.  In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils read from Read, Write Inc books.

Key Stage 2 

Pupils are given a book based on the Accelerated Reader programme which assess their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’. Pupils will need to complete a short quiz at the end of each book to ensure they are on an appropriate book for their ability. All books have been given a level for children to easily access. Some children in Upper Key Stage 2 use a reading programme called Reading Plus, which develops reading fluency. 


Across school, pupils are assessed in Reading using a range of assessments. These are used to monitor and track progress of Reading. Accelerated Reader can track the progress of children more regularly as does Reading Plus. Phonic checks are carried out on children and learning is planned in relation to deficits in knowledge. We also use Rising Stars 'NTS' standardised assessments twice a year in Key Stages 1 and 2. 


Reading at Backworth Park Primary

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