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‘Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually’
(Primary National Curriculum, 2014)

Rose Hill Primary aims to enable all its learners to develop confident word reading and comprehension. We want our readers  to read easily, fluently and with good understanding. To develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information and acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

In order to do this we teach the National Curriculum Programme of study which consists of two dimensions

  • Word reading, including phonics for the early teaching of reading
  • Comprehension skills (both listening and reading)

EarlY years Foundation Stage (nursery & reception)

In EYFS, reading is taught through phonics lessons , individual and group reading as well as regular opportunities for shared reading as a class.  Continuous provision provides daily opportunities to apply skills.

A Whole class Approach to Reading

Since January 2020, in KS1 and KS2, Rose Hill has been teaching reading comprehension as a whole class.  The children follow a sequence of lessons where they look at a text in depth.  Their learning focussing on the content domains laid out in the National Curriculum 2014 in particular: vocabulary, inference and deduction.

A whole class approach to the curriculum means that the children spend far longer discussing a text in depth.  The teacher models how to answer questions and illustrates where to find the answers.  Techniques such as echo and choral reading are used to support children’s decoding of unfamiliar words.  Support is given to those children who find a text challenging through the use of pre reading sessions.

Along with our whole class teaching, phonics is taught in Early years and KS1.  To find out more about each phase of school click the pictures below.  We use Bug Club to teach our phonics and shared reading in KS1.

All children also have a guided reading session weekly.


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