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At Furness we are proud to encourage children to:

  • Read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding using a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and self-correct
  • Have an interest in books and read for pleasure
  • Have an interest in words, their meanings; developing a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms
  • Understand a range of text types and genre and be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation
  • Develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness
  • Have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their responses
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To teach the skills of reading to enable children to become confident, fluent readers who use reading as a tool to explore the wider world and further their own learning journey. We also aim to build a lifelong love of literature so that throughout their lives children can use the literary world as a means of escapism, relaxation and pure enjoyment.

Curriculum Aims

Reading is an integral part of the English curriculum which has an overarching aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, both for pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences 
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.



At Furness Primary School, our reading curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our pupils ensuring our curriculum intentions are met. We do this through;

  • Phonics - we have a clear and consistent approach to the teaching of phonics across the school. 'Letters and Sounds' is used to teach phase 1 phonics in the Early Years and then ………. All Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children have a daily phonics session in ability groups. Phonics is assessed termly and children are re-grouped accordingly.
  • Whole class /Guided Reading in KS1 - We use our phonics assessments to group children in KS1 so that they read books matched to their phonic ability. The whole-class approach to reading is used and the children have several opportunities to read.
  • Whole class/ Guided Reading in KS2 - Reading is taught in groups with the whole class reading the same text. This is done so that all children have an opportunity to access high quality texts linked to their topic. Reading is used as a tool to inform and inspire writing.

Reading V.I.P.E.R.S.  is the approach we use to teach reading across the school; ……………..Our aim is to bring the books to life and provide additional experiences to enable to children to fully access the texts, develop their vocabulary and provide them with the knowledge and experiences required to infer meaning and deepen their understanding.

  • Cross Curricular Reading is encouraged and children are given opportunities to do their own reading/research in their topic work allowing them to see the value of reading to learn and discover.
  • Comprehension is a key skill and specific sessions are used to support children’s understanding of how to respond to specific questions about the text. This is taught within whole-class reading sessions so that decoding, comprehension and answering questions are all taught concurrently.
  • Home Reading is a vital part of our curriculum and children are encouraged to read at home at least three times per  a week. Children are assessed within school and take home books matched to their reading ability. Parental involvement is key and when possible they are invited in to share stories with their children.   Many of the  books we send home are published by Oxford University Press
  • Class Novels have been identified for each year group to ensure that during their time in school the children are able to enjoy a wide range of genres.  There is a particular emphasis on the more classical texts as we want the children to hear books that they perhaps wouldn't normally choose themselves.   Enjoying a class story is so important to us that reading to our children is timetabled on every class timetable.  (D.E.A.R.)
  • Book Week - To inspire and motivate a love of reading, we hold an annual book week during the school year to: introduce children to new authors; have reading competitions; provide opportunities to share favourite tales with friends and family and to immerse children in a fictional world.
  • World Book Day - Each year we celebrate National World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite character from a book. This is a day to celebrate and share our favourite books and our general love of reading.
  • Book Fair - To promote the love of reading we give the children opportunities to buy their own books so that they can start to build their own collection of favourite books at home. We hold a book fair at least once a year where we can sell the books for half the retail price.
  • Library - The Furness library is a lovely calm place in school where children can go to read a book.  It is supported  by some junior librarians who try their best to promote different authors and recommend good reads for the younger children. Each year, we involve the librarians, and the wider school, in selecting new books to ensure that we have reading material to suite everyone. Each class also has a book area where children can select books for reading in school.
  • Assessment is a vital tool for establishing the progress the children are making and for identifying the next steps in learning. At Furness Primary we formally test the children,  from Year 1 to Year 6, each term using ….. tests. These give us a standardised score which we can report to parents. However, this is only one part of the picture, we also use our professional judgment when working with the children to assess where they are up to and assign a Teacher Assessment grade each half term - this is done on an assessment system called Target Tracker.



The impact of our reading curriculum is that the majority of children, in our school, are able to;

  • decode words quickly and effectively
  • develop a greater understanding of the world around them
  • use their knowledge of the world to infer meaning
  • enjoy reading for pleasure
  • use and understand a wider vocabulary
  • find inspiration and ideas for writing
  • improve the structure and organisation of their writing

Approach to Phonics

Children in Reception and Key stage 1 follow the Synthetic Phonics approach using the Letters and Sounds programme. This systematic synthetic phonics programme is designed to help children become fluent readers by the age of seven. It focuses on the ‘simple view of reading’ and high-quality phonics.

Ways to support your child with their Reading:

  • Read with your child daily
  • Read to your child regularly
  • Talk to your child about what they are reading
  • Ask questions about what they are doing
  • Visit the local library

Approach to Writing

We believe that teaching children to understand the power of writing is an important part of our job as teachers. We we equip the children with the correct writing skills; they will be able to use them effectively within a literate world.

We provide our children with a stimulating writing environment provide encouragement and good quality modelling of writing. We have clear expectations of writing and communicate these targets to the children. We have high expectations of the finished writing product and encourage the children to maintain the same standards at all times.

Curriculum Overview 2019-2020

Year 6.3(1)Year 6.4(1)

English Policy 2019/2020

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