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Backworth Park Primary School



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 of 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.

Early Reading 

In our EYFS provision, pupils have access to a range of familiar stories through whole class reading opportunities and selecting books from their Reading for Pleasure Zone to share at home. As children progress in nursery, they also take home a Read Write Inc book.  In Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils also access their Reading for Pleasure Zones to choose books to share at home as well as decodable books matched to their reading ability from Read, Write Inc and Word Sparks.

Key Stage 2 

Pupils who have reached the Read Write Inc grey level by Year 3 progress on to the PM Benchmark reading scheme, while those who are still working within the RWI scheme continue to do so. All children also have the opportunity to choose a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book to take home. By the end of Year 3, it is the aim that children will progress on to the Accelerated Reader Scheme.

In Years 4, 5 and 6 children are assessed using the Star Reader assessment to determine their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ and matches children with reading material of a suitable level for their reading ability. Children can then choose a book that appeals to them from this level to read independently, encouraging their love of reading. They complete this test each half term to ensure that they are continuing to access books suitable for their reading ability. Pupils also complete a short quiz at the end of each book and, depending on the outcome, continue on their reading level or progress to another.


Across school, pupils are assessed in Reading using a range of assessments. Bespoke phonics assessment and Read Write Inc assessments are used in EYFS. Read Write Inc is also used to assess children’s phonics skills within KS1 and for any KS2 children who continue to access the scheme. Year 1 pupils are also assessed using the phonics check to ensure they are making progress.

In KS2, children are assessed using PM Benchmark to determine areas of strength and areas of development within their reading skills and Accelerated Reader to track progress. Launchpad for Literacy is also used to assess LKS2 for any specific areas of literacy that they need support with to develop. We also use Rising Stars 'NTS' standardised assessments twice a year in Key Stages 1 and 2. 


Reading at Backworth Park Primary