At Brixham C of E Primary School our aim is not only to teach children the skills to read with confidence, fluency and understanding but, also to foster a genuine desire to read for pleasure and purpose. We want our pupils to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts. All children are encouraged to take books home each evening to practise and reinforce the skills taught in school.


During the sequence of teaching teachers use a range of techniques to support progression.

Phonics - Progression through Letters and Sounds is used to support the daily teaching of phonics in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

Shared reading – Used to model and demonstrate a range of strategies, and to discuss comprehension elements with reference to the text.
Guided reading  - Children read weekly in KS1.  Children are grouped according to ability and assessed according to National curriculum objectives.  Next steps are then identified and planned for.

At KS2 children read the same text as a whole class in their co- operative groups. This gives all children access to the same challenging text and they can explore and discuss this together, providing opportunities for both speaking and listening, language enrichment and reading comprehension skills to develop at age appropriate levels. In the summer term of Year 2 children will begin to experience the KS2 model for guided reading.

Individual reading –At KS1, staff and other adults read with children as often as possible. They record progress in a home school diary to share with parents. At KS2, children are encouraged to become increasingly independent in recording their own progress and ideas in their reading logs, completing a short book review as they finish a book in upper KS2.  Children are encouraged to read a range of text types to support their learning at home and at school. All children are encouraged to read at home.

Resources – In KS1 all books are banded according to Cliff Moon’s guide. A range of these are available in the book area of each KS1 classroom to meet the abilities and interests of the children there. At KS2 a range of texts are available in the book area of each classroom for children to browse and select from.

The library provides a range of fiction and non-fiction texts to further enhance children’s interests. A member of staff is available at lunchtime to work with children who want to spend time reading and writing.



June 2015
Here is a 'snap shot' of, Mr Gill introducing to his Reception Class, June's Book of the Month 
'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson.
Our 'Book of the Week' has been 'What The Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson. As always with any guided reading, it is important to take time to explore the book, its features, characters, the plot and any questions or comments the children have. On introducing the book we firstly discussed the front cover and what we found. The children commented on the characters they could see and made comments regarding the 'title'. We also discussed what an 'author' was and the job of the 'illustrator'. Once we began reading the story it is important to read at a gentle pace with expression. With repetative phrases that are in stories the children often love to join in with the reading. This shows that the children are not only showing an interest in the story but are following the rhythm and flow of the language patterns. At certain points in the story we stopped and briefly discussed what was happening up to that point and I challenged the children to make predictions about what they thought may happen next. Once we finished the story it is VERY important to field any questions the children may have about the text. Asking questions of them is also a simple technique to gauge whether they have understood the story and themes running through the text. This story was very popular with both staff and children alike!  

18th September 2015
Here is Mrs Perring summarising a text with her year 6 from the book 'The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tipps' by Michael Morpurgo.
1st October 2015
Reading Buddies
Here are some photos from across the school showing children sharing and enjoying stories with their 'reading buddies'.  Each of the younger classes are partnered up with an older class.
The older children benefit from developing reading confidence and fluency and taking into account the listener.  The younger children enjoy the opportunity to develop their own story voices also to try out their many reading strategies.
Class 2 

'Let's share a book'
21st September 2015
Year 6 popped into see Year 2 to share their reading expertise. They listened intently and with enthusiasm to the children in Class 2. The children in Class 2 used all of their reading strategies to read with confidence and fleucy to the older children. Thank you Year 6 and we look forward to you coming to visit again next week. 
Class 5

21st- 25th September
This week in Year Five we have enjoyed:
Paired reading with Year Three.
Each week we will spend about 20 minutes reading with a buddy partner in Y3. This will help us to develop skills in asking questions and listening to others. Our specific focus this week was to model to Year Three how to read with expression, using a range of story books appropriate to the younger children. 
It was great to hear the Year Fives following this up with questions about the text, and encouraging the younger children to use their noticing skills.
Class 1
25th September 2015
Year 4 are our reading buddies :)! They came in this week for a 20 minute reading session. The Year 1 children were very confident in reading their books to their buddy and the Year 4 children were very kind and patience with us! Next week we look forward to hearing the older children read to us. 


We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of spoken language, reading and writing.  Children are given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across our creative curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.

We strive for children to become literate pupils who:

  • read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self- correct.
  • have an interest in books and read for enjoyment
  • explore words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms.
  • understand a range of text types and genres and are  able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • are developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness. 
  • explore, develop and sustain ideas through talk.
  • participate in conversations, making appropriate contributions building on others’ suggestions and responses.


The Words for Life website has lots of advice on reading at home with your child. Click here to find out more

This is some of the main advice from The Words for Life website -

Join the local Library

A Parent’s Guide to Television

Tips for reading bedtime stories

“I spy a picture book!” booklet

Getting into Reading Video

Getting into Writing Video