At White Mere, we believe reading is a fundamental skill needed to ensure our pupils achieve successfully throughout their lives. It is not simply the decoding of words on a page. It also involves the ability to read with understanding, a wide range of different types of texts including fiction and non-fiction, and real world texts such as labels, captions and lists, and print in the environment.

Confidence and enjoyment in reading is key to independent learning, and also has a direct impact upon children’s progress in every area of the curriculum. Therefore the effective teaching of reading and the celebration of reading for enjoyment, throughout our school is a key priority.

Reading is taught regularly and skills reinforced across the curriculum. At White Mere, we teach reading through a combination of approaches:

  • Focused literacy lessons
  • Whole class shared reading
  • Guided reading outside the literacy hour
  • Daily phonics sessions outside the literacy hour
  • Paired and group reading by pupils
  • Individual reading sessions (KS1)
  • Application of key reading skills through the creative curriculum
  • Library time for free reading and introduction to new texts
  • Home reading with parents
  • Introducing authors as role models
  • Celebrating annual book events – World Book Day
  • Travelling book fairs

Please click on the link to download a copy of our Reading Policy.





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