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Teaching Reading at Hanbury Primary


We have been working really hard at Hanbury Primary to improve our reading provision. All of our classrooms have engaging book areas where the children can sit and enjoy a story. We are continually updating our reading books to make sure we have the most up to date titles available for the children to read. 


Each class in KS1 and KS2 have designated Reading for Meaning lessons. We use these lessons to teach the whole class the skills needed to read and understand a range of different texts. We use this session to model the different methods for answering comprehension questions. Foundation Stage use good quality texts as a basis for their learning in their afternoon sessions.  


Home Readers

All of the children take books home to read with their family. Every child in the school should have an Oxford Reading Tree book and a supplementary book. Children in Foundation Stage and KS1 also take a phonics book home. All the children in KS2 can choose a book from the library to read.


These books should be at a level where the children are able to read them fluently. They should only have to 'work out' a couple of the words in the book. 


As a school, we move children onto the next book band colour when they are confident at reading and understanding the books in their current colour. The book bands start at Lilac, then move to Pink, Red, Yellow, Pale Blue, Green, Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White, Lime, Brown, Grey, Dark Blue, Burgundy and Black. Once the children have passed the Black Book Band they are classed as a 'Free Reader' and can read any book they want from the book band colours or the school library. 


Teaching Early Reading and Phonics

Foundation Stage and KS1 use the Read, Write Inc approach to teach phonics and early reading skills. 


This method supports our children's early reading and writing skills. 


If you wish to find out more information about the method follow the link below to the website.


It is extremely useful in supporting parents and carers with how to teach their children to use the sounds to read and write. 



Phonics Screening Check


At the end of Year One the children have to sit the Phonics Screening Check. 


This is when the children have to read 40 words. There are a mixture of made up 'Alien words' and real words. 


We have attached a previous test below as an example of the words the children will have to read. 

An example of a Phonics Screening Check - 2012